Celebrities! We might love them and we might hate them, but as writers I think we should pay attention to them and what they say and do. Why, you ask? Because it helps us create better characters.
Often times when I have writer’s block, I think of what situations celebs have been in. I imagine what they would wear, what they do, who they’d be with and what they’d say. This helps add drama. In this case, I sometimes add Kardashian-like traits to my Heroine. While I’m not really a fan of the Kardashian’s, Khloe is my favorite. (Read THIS blog post I wrote about her).
I think that I first really began to enjoy celebs when Friends was on. I loved Jennifer Aniston and still do! She’s got a great body, she’s funny, she has confidence, and she’s moved on from Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie – yuck! Come on, we all know he’s a loser for cheating on Jen! As for George (yes, I’m on a first name basis with him), don’t we all wish he was our Heroine? Can you believe he just turned 51?! This leads me to another plus of following celebs – relationships! If you read the famously known tabloids and relate them to your characters, then you can create conflict between your Hero/Third Party/Heroine. The magazine and website I use for this is UsWeekly!
(It’s okay if you can’t take your eyes off the men on this post. I can’t either).
Here’s some advice for writing your characters like celebs:
- Follow them on Facebook or Twitter
Read magazines! Don’t just look at the pictures imagining how you wish you had their life
When watching an award show, observe them carefully: How do they walk? Who do they hug? A parent, friend or lover?
Above all, create the character that you want! It’s important to do this because while copying can be easy, I don’t recommend it. Be creative! You don’t have to use everything about just one actor or actress, but maybe combining characteristics might work better — to create that perfect character for your book.