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What if your story is really about your next door neighbor whose life is crazy-weird but totally interesting? Can you use him as a character? If you are writing a story that takes place today, yesterday, or even in the future, you may want to include a real live person or maybe someone who has already died.
Using a Celebrity in Your Story The rules for using famous people in your story are different than using ordinary people in your story. Famous people have a greater ability to enforce their rights if you include them as a character incorrectly.
A famous person is someone whose name or image has independent commercial value. That means someone who earns their living, or makes money, because of who they are —like Emma Watson or Liam Hemsworth. Their names and pictures have value. Using a famous person who has died is safer than using live celebrities.
With some exceptions like people who died in California and a few other statesthe right of publicity and claims for defamation die when the person dies. Famous people should not be used as characters in your story.
Characters require you to make up what they do and say. If you made Emma Watson the main character of your story, you would be taking advantage of her celebrity status to sell your books.
Famous people can make cameo appearances in your story. Emma Watson really is an activist for gender equality.
If you read an interview of Liam Hemsworth, you may learn many things about his private life that are true that you can use in your story. He volunteers for a charity that works for child protection, for instance. Gus was expressing his opinion that Hazel looked like Natalie Portman.
And although regular folks may not have lawyers lined up to protect them, some people will sue if they find themselves depicted as a character in a book. An ordinary person is someone who does not live their life in the spotlight.
A person who is not a celebrity does not make money off of her name or image. There are two major ways to protect yourself and your story when using a character based on a real person: The first is to be truthful about the person. Your view of the truth and their view of the truth could be different!
The second is to change the character so much that the real person is unrecognizable to anyone who knows him, or even to himself. This is the better approach.
This is especially true if what you know is of no valid concern to the public.This is an unofficial mirror of the famous Limyaael/Lightning on the Wave/Arin i Asolde literary rants.
You will find here a wealth of advice, warnings, and witty commentary on just about every aspect of constructing a story - from character design, to worldbuilding, to avoiding cliches.
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You say “just start writing” Best advice ever.
Find something interesting and just go to town. I remember forcing myself to write material I just could not connect with (practicing creative writing through a story I just couldn’t get into, even though I WAS WRITING IT (my wife liked it, so I kept writing .