Finding Your Fictional Characters in the Real World

Smile for the camera, Buck.
Smile for the camera, Buck.

Here’s my muse Buck Crenshaw minus his evil twin Fred. Not sure why his overbearing mother allowed a photo of Buck on his own. It would have been better for everyone if she had separated the twins more often. Together they tortured chickens, shook down weaker school mates for cash and taught William Weldon how to spell every word wrong for the town spelling bee.

Yes, Buck’s no angel. Note the sneer on his well-fed and handsome young face. He’s worse than his brother for being a follower of badness instead of being the leader, but can you blame him? His father is distant and his mother neglects him–allowing him to wander into the ocean as soon as he can toddle towards the waves. Fred takes guardianship of his twin with a mix of superiority and resentment in return for his brother’s willing accompaniment in all schemes and mischief.

I already knew what Buck would look like as a young adult, but I found this gem recently. How is it that the universe delivers the photographs of my fictional characters whenever I need them? God works in weird ways indeed–even out of the back of someone’s pick-up truck at a rummage sale.

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Look at that sweet baby face. Very cool idea! By the way, a fellow blogger used my great-grandfather’s photo from my Kalamazoo blog as the cover of his book.


  2. I do that, too. I spent hours searching for pictures of my characters. It helped me define them.


  3. Shame you couldn’t find the plot there as well, but maybe that would spoil the fun 🙂


    1. That’s where you pretend the pictures are talking to you. 🙂


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