Saturday, April 7, 2012

Inspiration from G


Inspiration from Gracie

Gracie is my ten year-old sister. She's very good at being the most annoying thing. She makes me crazy! And I love her to pieces. (You should know, I have sisters. I've got one older sis and six younger ones. Yup. They are a defining part of my past and future - they're my bestest forever friends and worstest ever enemies.)

Gracie has fine hair that waves and curls in feathery wisps. She has splotchy brown freckles on her nose, and big brown eyes. She's feminine, and had a dress from France that she literally lived in the year she was four. She has written dozens of stories. She is dreamy, preoccupied and doesn't usually answer a question directly. She never walks, she dances. She is a pill. She is precocious. She is selfish, not in a mean way, but in honestly thoughtless one. She has annoyingly bad timing. She is very winning and charming and clever. She'll get her way before you realize what she wanted. She conquers strangers' hearts and makes her family roll their eyes. She's one of those kids that you just know is special. She's Gracie.

I'm not sure the exact reason why, but she is the inspiration for the main character of my work in progress. I'm trying to make Sandrine as adorable and annoying as my sister. But Gracie lives 5,000 miles away, so I have to skype her to work on ideas, or just get a feel for her. (If she's reading this, I love you, baby sister!)

Who is your inspiration? For a specific character or for your writing/life in general?

(This was originally posted 10/11/11)

6 comments:

  1. Gracie sounds delightful, and the perfect "muse" for your work in progress. That is if a "muse" is a stand-in for your main character. :)

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    1. I'm back home for the first time in a year an seeing my little Gracie - who has suddenly become a preteen!

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  2. Love the name Gracie. And Sandrine. Good luck with your work in progress. Real life characters, whether I have met them or not, are my inspirations. Many of them are animals, but some are people. Of course animals are the same as people to me.

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    1. What kins of animals? I have one character who i'm giving bird-like characteristics! Lots of fun verbs to use ;) Thanks for commenting!

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  3. Eight girls? Holy Hannah! Gracie sounds like a lot of fun :) One of my characters is half my sister, half a friend of mine. She's very easy to write for. Thanks for the follow at Falling For Fiction :)

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    1. Love all my girlfriends/sisters too. Happy blogging!

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