So today's question is what real life person has made it into your writing.
As a general rule I like to keep the people in my real life off my computer scene. I like them to much to fictionalize them and force them to say fart jokes. Mom, you're welcome.
But there are a few real life people who have made it into my writing...
IJustine is a youtuber and she's awesome. The instant I saw her I thought, Bryce would love her. So for the sequel to No System at All Bryce is going to fall for a MeNet life caster who has over 2 million subscribers.
The other real life person I EXTREMELY VERY EXTREMELY LOOSELY based a character on was Craig Owens. Jeff Grace is a character that changes Colin's life forever. And I saw Craig Owens in a magazine and his name was mentioned several times while I was doing research so poof, he became someone I VERY VERY VERY loosely based a character on.
NO! Wait Leroy and Jen are my real life neighbors and I put them as characters in my book New York Karma.
In other news: I have an issue and I would like your feedback on it. I'm in a writer's group. We read chapter by chapter submissions of each others work. When we finish reading a whole book, that person has as much time as she wants to edit. Then we read the MS as a whole so we can catch things we didn't notice the first time.
Here's the thing. When I do edits, I take a hacksaw and make HUGE changes. I look at everyone's feedback and really analyze it. However there is one member of my group who makes small changes. She resubmitted her novel and I noticed out of 333 pages about 1 paragraph that was different from the first read.
Now is it fair to ask a writer to change her process of editing for a crit group? Should she have to do huge sweeping changes or is it acceptable for her to make very small changes? Is it right to ask someone to change their editing style and process to fit the group?
The more I think about this, the less certain I am about it. I'd like your opinion.