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Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays

by Barbara Wood last modified Mar 14, 2019 14:58

A friend was telling me of a movie she recently watched, "The Man Who Invented Christmas", the story behind Charles Dickens', "A Christmas Carol". By all accounts it sounds like a fascinating movie. The movie shows Dickens' inspiration for many of the beloved characters featured in this classic story. The characters become "alive" and Dickens has conversations with them as he struggles to develop their characters within the plot. I plan on watching this over the holidays. I must confess that my characters are real people to me while I'm in the process of writing their stories and I care very deeply about them, as if they were my actual friends, so I related enormously to this rather unique spin on "A Christmas Carol".

Like Dickens, I take inspiration for some of my characters from encounters that I have with real people or snippets of conversation that I happen to over hear at a restaurant or standing in line at the grocery store or bank. On occasion I have had a conversation out loud with a character. It really does work, and sometimes it's the only way to know if the dialogue makes sense. I am careful though to only do this in front of my cat! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! I hope you enjoy a special movie or two or a great book this holiday season

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