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message 1: by Dwayne, Head of Lettuce (new)

Dwayne Fry | 4269 comments Mod
For those of you who do not know, I am working like mad to have my first really real novel done by September.

I'm currently in a coffee shop and working on a scene in which the main character is describing what life with his dad is like - his dad being elderly and succumbing to dementia, a little more every day.

I just looked up and there's a man at a table near mine who looks just like Daddy.

Have you ever had real life counterparts of your characters sneak up on you like that?


message 2: by Angel (new)

Angel | 216 comments So far no. But, if it happens I'm definitely going to be inspired to write a story about it. Maybe you can use that experience as inspiration for another one of your works. I bet it'll be an interesting one. It definitely has a Twilight Zone factor. Good luck on your novel!


message 3: by Joe (new)

Joe Jackson (shoelessauthor) Nope, not even for my characters who are human. ;)


message 4: by Ben (new)

Ben Mariner Not really "sneak up" on me. The only time I visualize a character myself is when I base them off someone I know, so I know they're coming ;-)


message 5: by Ken (last edited Jun 08, 2016 02:15PM) (new)

Ken Doggett (kendoggett) When I was in high school, I spent my time in study hall drawing. I once sketched right on my desk an image of my dream girl, the woman I would like to meet when I was an adult, and to this day she is still my vision of my perfect woman. But she was totally a figment of my imagination. A couple of years ago, while at the grocery store, I saw a woman checking out who was the absolute image of that woman. I couldn't help staring at her for a long as possible (partly because she was beautiful, and partly because I couldn't believe it), and luckily she never noticed, so I didn't get into trouble. Unfortunately, by the time she showed up in my life, I was way too old for her. Life sometimes sucks that way.


message 6: by Dwayne, Head of Lettuce (new)

Dwayne Fry | 4269 comments Mod
Angel wrote: "It definitely has a Twilight Zone factor."

Not a bad idea. I'm no stranger to getting a little "Twilight Zone" in my works. Even this one, which is a fairly serious, fairly realistic work has some weird little moments that feel surrealistic. The main character often describes his father's dementia as "time traveling".


message 7: by Dwayne, Head of Lettuce (new)

Dwayne Fry | 4269 comments Mod
Ken wrote: "Unfortunately, by the time she showed up in my life, I was way too old for her..."

According to whom?


message 8: by Ken (new)

Ken Doggett (kendoggett) Probably, if asked, her.


message 9: by Dwayne, Head of Lettuce (new)

Dwayne Fry | 4269 comments Mod
Ken wrote: "Probably, if asked, her."

Maybe, maybe not. If you see her again, ask and find out.


message 10: by Angel (last edited Jun 08, 2016 03:16PM) (new)

Angel | 216 comments Dwayne wrote: "Angel wrote: "It definitely has a Twilight Zone factor."

Not a bad idea. I'm no stranger to getting a little "Twilight Zone" in my works. Even this one, which is a fairly serious, fairly realistic..."


Sometimes the muse puts us in the right place at the weirdest time. A sort of fated encounter of the Third Kind. Uh-oh! I'm starting to hear that Twilight Zone theme song in my head.


message 11: by Marie Silk (new)

Marie Silk | 606 comments Great story, Dwayne :)

Ken, your story is great too!

The closest I have come to that experience is dreaming about a face and then seeing it later in real life. It is the face carved in stone at the Angkor temples in Cambodia. I saw that face in my dream years before, and it talked to me for a long time. Then one day I was in Barnes and Noble and saw the exact same face in a book and it made me gasp. I knew I had to go to the temple and see it for myself. I went to the temples and now I have a replica of the stone face in my living room. True story :). Not sure of the significance, though!


message 12: by Ken (new)

Ken Doggett (kendoggett) Dwayne wrote: "Ken wrote: "Probably, if asked, her."

Maybe, maybe not. If you see her again, ask and find out."


She'd probably ask me which nursing home I escaped from.


Tara Woods Turner When my sister was expecting her second daughter she drew a picture of her as a five year old. My niece grew to look exactly like that drawing. Genetics and family traits could allow someone to guess this with reasonable accuracy, sure, but the thing is that my niece doesn't heavily favor her mother or father and she doesn't resemble her maternal or paternal grand or great grandparents either. She looks like both her maternal great great grandmother and paternal great great grandfather, oddly enough. My sister kept the drawing and we laugh about it to this day although somewhere in the back of our minds it gives us a little chill.

Lastly, when my middle sister was pregnant with her son I decided to get her and her husband a newborn photography package as a shower gift. As I was looking at photographers' online portfolios I came across a photo of a little baby who was heartbreakingly beautiful - so tiny and precious. I almost memorized the picture I looked at it so often! Well, long story short, my nephew was the very image of that baby throughout his infancy. It still makes me shake my head in wonder.


Tara Woods Turner Dwayne

You should totally do a story where a frustrated writer keeps bumping into the real life versions of his characters all over town. You could make it a paranormal thriller, a horror or a comedy.


message 15: by S.J. (new)

S.J. Higgins | 173 comments I'm with Tara, you should definitely write a book about a guy in a coffee shop who bulbs into the character he's writing.


message 16: by Christina (new)

Christina McMullen (cmcmullen) Not exactly the same, but while I was in the process of writing Past Life Strife, I was stuck in traffic one day, right under a billboard advertising an upcoming Howie Mandel performance at a local casino resort. The longer I sat there staring at the odd bald man who was not the Howie I remembered from my youth, mezmerized by that weird little micro-soul patch thingie under his lip, the more I realized, that was my Bogie. This is also prompted a last minute edit to change his great uncle Maynard to great uncle Howie.


message 17: by Angelmovingonup (new)

Angelmovingonup Wjesus | 33 comments It seems like my stories somehow come to life after I write them. People begin to experience things my characters are experiencing and I start to see items from my stories all over the place. For instance, my two main characters drive a black Porsche and a silver Jaguar. While going out to eat with my family I noticed we were parked between a silver Jag and a black Porsche. I looked for anyone fitting my characters' descriptions but no one fit. Weird things like that keep happening even before I publish the story I'm working on.


message 18: by Danielle (new)

Danielle Esplin | 81 comments Ken wrote: "When I was in high school, I spent my time in study hall drawing. I once sketched right on my desk an image of my dream girl, the woman I would like to meet when I was an adult, and to this day she..."

wow!! It's actually such a beautiful story... I bet if you told her it would've been one of her most memorable days...


message 19: by Anna (new)

Anna Chant | 8 comments I've never recognised a character in real life, but I sometimes findunusual weather phenomena or odd events that I'm writing about seem to appear on the news or happen to people I know. It feels very strange!


message 20: by Ken (new)

Ken Doggett (kendoggett) Danielle wrote: "wow!! It's actually such a beautiful story... I bet if you told her it would've been one of her most memorable days......"

I'm afraid that these days, with 24-hour news shows scaring everyone silly, the quickest way for a man to get arrested is to walk up to a strange woman and tell her she's his dream girl. I'd hate to have to explain that to the police.


message 21: by G.G. (new)

G.G. (ggatcheson) | 2491 comments Christina wrote: "Not exactly the same, but while I was in the process of writing Past Life Strife, I was stuck in traffic one day, right under a billboard advertising an upcoming Howie Mandel performance at a local..."

ROFL!!! love your description of...what's it called? goatie? No wonder I love Bogie. I LOVE Mendel!


message 22: by G.G. (new)

G.G. (ggatcheson) | 2491 comments This never happened to me. Yet, if I would write down my dreams as shorts, then it might. I can't count how many times I've dreamed of things that happened in the following weeks. At some point, my coworkers kept asking me if I had a new dream to tell them. :P


message 23: by Davyne (new)

Davyne DeSye | 19 comments Nope, I've never had it happen to me -- sort of the other way around. I "borrow" from people I've seen (if they're interesting in some way, I write a "sketch" of them in a notebook).

But, I have to say, the experience you've described reminds me of the movie, "Stranger than Fiction" which I really enjoyed.


message 24: by C.M. (new)

C.M. Halstead (cmhalstead) | 45 comments Love the idea @Tara!



Some of my characters are highly based on friends active in my life.

I have a character in the tripper series (Miokel) I based on a good friend name Michael. Sometimes I stare at Michael while thinking about Miokel or project his traits into my friend. Lol it works better the other way around.


message 25: by Peggy (new)

Peggy (psramsey) | 33 comments Does seeing something from someone else's novel count?

One of the guys in my writer's group is working on an excellent series where alternate versions of the same person interact between different universes. I regularly ride with my friend Allison, another of the writers, and we meet at the Park and Ride halfway between our houses. One night I arrived to see two woman, one who looked kinda like me, and one who looked kinda like Allison, get into a car that was exactly like Allison's car and drive away. It took all my willpower not to follow the AU version of us and find out what they/we were up to.


message 26: by Rachael (last edited Jun 11, 2016 12:47AM) (new)

Rachael Eyre (rachaeleyre) | 192 comments I've never met a doppelgänger in real life, but I was blown away by the actress Pamela Rabe (Joan Ferguson in Wentworth Prison). Take thirty or so years off her and she's a dead ringer for Benny in The Governess.

Besides, if you did come across one, surely you're destined to be disappointed? Rather like if you're attracted to someone only to discover they're a jerk.


message 27: by Eva (new)

Eva Pasco (evapasco) | 90 comments While this has never happened to me, I agree with what others mentioned. You have the premise for another story with great potential.


message 28: by Missy (new)

Missy Sheldrake (missysheldrake) | 252 comments It hasn't happened to me, but I am on the alert every day for people who could be Azi or Rian or any of my human characters. It's like a real life treasure hunt. Except I have no idea what I'd do if I actually saw one of them! Imagine walking up to someone telling them they look just like a character in the books you've written!

Dwayne, I can only imagine how strange that must have felt. I'd have snapped a secret picture if I were you!


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