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Road Trip Wednesday #71: Yes, You're In My Book

Road Trip Wednesday is a "Blog Carnival," where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question and answer it on our own blogs.

You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.

We'd love for you to participate! Just answer the prompt on your own blog and leave a link in the comments - or, if you prefer, you can include your answer in the comments.


This Week's Topic:

Who have you written into a book? Be honest.

It could be someone that just inspired one specific trait in a character. Maybe your MC's ex has a weird obsession with anime, kind of like a certain ex of yours. Or maybe the evil witch wreaking havoc on your other characters is straight-up Mrs. Hawkins, your 3rd grade math teacher. Confession time – who's in your book?

Kaitlin: "...how can I not share that teenage awkwardness with my characters?"



Road Trip Song of the Week:

Michelle Schusterman

Michelle writes books for kids, screenplays for a tv/film production company, and music for anyone who'd buy a "groove matters" bumper sticker. She lives in New York City with her husband (and band mate) and their chocolate lab (who is more of a vocalist). She is the author of middle grade series I Heart Band - 2014, and The Kat Sinclair Files - 2015 (both from Grosset).

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35 comments:

  1. Huh, I can honestly say I have never put someone I know in a book. Although the very first YA I wrote had a spaced out mom and an evil step father and my mom was convinced they were modeled after her and my stepfather! LOL

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  2. My real life inspiration might surprise you. :)

    www.amongdahlias.wordpress.com

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  3. Here's mine.

    httt://www.katherinescott.blogspot.com

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  4. I didn't participate on my blog because of all the Like Mandarin goings-on. But I have indeed written one horrible person (someone who remorselessly injured a family member) into a book of mine -- or rather, just his name. There are no similarities in any other way, other than mutual jerkishness. He'll never know, but there was some catharsis in it.

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  5. Here's mine: http://thewordsonpaper.blogspot.com/2011/03/rtw-when-real-lifers-show-up-on-page.html

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  6. Yay! interesting one this week for sure! http://bit.ly/gh1jgg

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  7. This was fun, fun, fun! :) Here's me and Quita's:

    http://seepamwrite.blogspot.com/2011/03/rtw-formula-for-mass-destruction-or.html

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  8. Here's mine:

    www.hddodson.blogspot.com

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  9. I picked out unfavourable characteristics of a former bully to inject into an antagonist and yes, it was very enjoyable!

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  10. fun! and embarrassing! mine is here: http://careyfarrell.com/2011/03/16/rtw-yes-youre-in-my-book/

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  11. Here's mine! <3

    http://kairigokujr.blogspot.com/2011/03/rwcc-challenge-day-16-road-trip.html

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  12. This was fun...though I might get in trouble with the husband for this one...
    find it
    here

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  13. Here's mine: http://bronwynscottmcc.blogspot.com/2011/03/road-trip-wendsday.html

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  14. Here's mine!
    Great topic, ladies!

    http://kathybradey.blogspot.com/

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  15. FUN!!! Although I think I may have gone a little TMI. Oops!

    http://alisonmiller20.blogspot.com/2011/03/rtw-yes-youre-in-my-book.html

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  16. I've never put someone "I" know in a book. My day job is a waitress so I've seen some of the weirdest people and I do have a habit of putting a peculiar dress sense or mannerism that I've seen from a customer in one of my characters.

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  17. I put so many of my relatives into my YA humor book that I will have to go into the witness protection program if it gets published.

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  18. I had to think about this one for awhile...

    http://writerschasm.blogspot.com/2011/03/rtw-real-world-characters.html

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  19. Here's mine: http://kathleenpeacock.blogspot.com/2011/03/un-me.html

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  20. Great question! Here's mine: http://margaretwestenhoff.blogspot.com/2011/03/who-have-you-written-into-book.html

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  21. Short answer? Yes

    Long answer: http://agypsywriter.blogspot.com/2011/03/rtw-yes-youre-in-my-book.html

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  22. Awesome question, as always :)! Here's my answer:

    http://lorarpfictionblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/whos-in-your-book.html

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  23. Interesting question and i had to think for the answer.
    =)
    http://beck-nicholas.blogspot.com/

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  24. Here's mine :)
    http://bit.ly/hYB2KA

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  25. Every character in every story I've ever written is based off someone I know, or occasionally a combination of two or three people.

    There's no way in the world I could make up the amazing and crazy people I know!

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  26. Ok mine is up and on time for once - it isn't very funny - and it is Long - sorry - I will be jumping all around to you guys later - got to go for a walk and decide it its staying up - way to much stuff in it - I am not sure if its worth sharing - let me know if it's helpful or too much.

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  27. Here's mine! http://iamwriterhearmeroar.blogspot.com/2011/03/story-week-day-3-from-stories-to-books.html

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  28. Am I horrible for wanting to Sharpie a comma on that lady's shirt??

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  29. It feels like it's been forever since I've participated. I notice that I tend to skip the ones regarding reading YA books and stick to the writing ones. LOL. I could participate in this one, though.

    http://celisedowns.com/blog/2011/03/16/rtw-58-yes-youre-in-my-book/

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