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Thread: 'Casting' your novel

  1. #101
    New Fish; Learning About Thick Skin kibou's Avatar
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    Jan 2013
    Little island between America and mainland Europe.
    I definitely cast, but like many have said, it has to be someone I don't know. There is no way I could cast famous people.
    I have an idea in my head, say race/hair colour/age, and then I have to find a picture that looks similar to what I'm envisaging. This can take some time!
    When I write, the characters act out the scene in my head (much like a film), so I need to be able to visualise them. I often seek out visual representations of clothing, locations etc etc.
    I find unless I have a face and a name (I can spend days looking for the right name), I cannot get them to act in my head. Personalities, mannerisms and voices come from this acting, so that isn't picture specific.
    I work on Scrivener, so I have a character template complete with photo for each of my main players and a few of the minor.
    I couldn't work any other way.

  2. #102
    Derailed WriteMinded's Avatar
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    Above Paradise in California
    As I write, a picture grows. Sometimes I come to visualize someone I know or an actor. Colin Farell with blue eyes for my (so far) favorite MC, Liam Neeson in a later book. However, I don't build my character accordingly. It works the other way around.

    The men are always clear to me, the women not so much.

  3. #103
    practical experience, FTW cmi0616's Avatar
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    In the aeroplane over the sea
    I don't usually do it, but I knew I wanted to write a book with a hippie character in it after watching Goats with David Duchovny.
    Goodreads- let's be friends!

  4. #104
    Writing my way off the B Ark Becky Black's Avatar
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    I rarely do it, but must admit that one of the main characters in my most recent draft just happens to look exactly like an actor named Tyler Hoechlin.
    Writer of m/m and f/f romance. My books and stories are available from Loose Id, JMS Books and Dreamspinner Press. See more details in my Absolute Write Library thread.

  5. #105
    practical experience, FTW
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    State of Confusion
    Quote Originally Posted by Sieglinde View Post
    I do that a lot. My current WIP's two leads look like David Tennant and Misha Collins.
    Well, yeh. I could cast them in anything ... well, maybe not cement! But, I couldn't use them as characters in my work. Too limiting. But I do like your train of thought!

  6. #106
    practical experience, FTW heza's Avatar
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    The only novel I've "cast" anyone in I cast with real people. Not people I know, just people I've seen: a motorcyclist getting pulled over by a cop in the parking lot of my gym; the kid who works the drive-thru at the chicken place I like.... that kind of thing.

    Untitled <-- Supernatural MG (drafting)
    Tobias Tinker <-- Clockpunk MG (on hold)
    Freak Town <-- Paranormal YA (on hold)
    Huntington House <-- Paranormal YA (on hold)

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