How often do you think about writing? Ever come across something IRL that reminds you of your story/characters?
Oh, I think about writing just about every hour of everyday. I can “do” the writing thing like how most people can sit and watch TV. I think about writing when I wake in the morning, all day, and when I go to bed at night. I’m sure that doesn’t sound to odd to some of you reading this. It’s been in my blood since childhood, and I doubt it’ll be going away anytime soon.
Concerning something in real life reminding me of one of my stories or characters, there is a real murder investigation with some elements that eerily resembles that of my screenplay “Things People Do”. There’s a love triangle between Christine Archer, Robert Green, and Shanna Morgan, and things go really bad, really, really, bad within that triangle. I really don’t want to say too much more because I’ll give away the entire story/screenplay, but there is a case here in Georgia, West Georgia to be exact, that made me do a double-take when I saw it on the news. It’s about two women, and a man, Marcelle Elliott, Joshua Gray, and Farrah Strength.
What is so similar about my screenplay and this real case is:
- One women is goth.
- One women is murdered.
- The couple left alive try to dump the body.
- The ages of my characters and the people in the case are extremely close. Only off by like a year or two.
- They two girls were college students/friends who’s friendship ended sometime before the murder.
There are a few other details that are similar, but you get the gist of it. Here’s a link to the real case: http://www.ajc.com/news/two-indicted-in-west-585468.html
It’s amazing how such things happen. Sometimes while you write, you question the believability or possibility of your character’s actions and some other events in your story, and then real life shows you that those things can and do happen. It makes you feel like you know what you’re doing, or at least what you’re talking about.