The Mad Author
Jean Tennant


Posted Friday, July 1, 2011, at 3:31 PM
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  • Oh, holy cow, you're right! And of course I remember that now... it was careless on my part. And thank you.

    -- Posted by JTennant on Sun, Jul 3, 2011, at 8:54 PM
  • I've heard about character arcs. what is that, and how important is it?

    -- Posted by ggilmore on Wed, Jul 6, 2011, at 7:19 AM
  • The characters in my novel-in-progress are based on real people I know or have known, but I changed all the names. Someone told me that if the person I used recognized themselves, even with the name change I could get in trouble. Could I get sued over this?

    -- Posted by DHarris on Wed, Jul 6, 2011, at 7:21 AM
  • Character arcs and story arcs are the changes that take place within the story. A character grows, learns lessons - or not. But it indicates some sort of development. In Gone with the Wind, Scarlett's character arc is her growth from a spoiled shallow girl to a strong, take-charge (but still somewhat shallow) woman. The story arc for the same book is the change that the South and the inhabitants of Tara undergo during the course of the Civil War.

    -- Posted by JTennant on Fri, Jul 8, 2011, at 10:46 AM
  • As far as basing your characters on real people you know, the concern would be if you're portraying them in a negative light. But if you're writing fiction and you change the names, you could always just insist that your characters are fictional (and include a disclaimer at the beginning of your book stating the same thing) and leave it at that. I would also advise that you do more than just change the names, and also change any identifying characteristics.

    Now, that said, I have to add a disclaimer of my own: I'm not an attorney and this is just my common-sense advice. If you're seriously concerned about it, I recommend contacting a literary attorney.

    -- Posted by JTennant on Fri, Jul 8, 2011, at 10:53 AM
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