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Author Topic: Old boyfriend as a character  (Read 1610 times)
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« Reply #15 on: September 30, 2013, 04:02:55 PM »

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« Reply #16 on: September 30, 2013, 09:59:30 PM »

I would say that as long as your depictions are flattering and the character isn't exactly like him in other ways, then there is nothing to worry about. Those were your experiences too, and you can certainly write about them. If you have any concerns, change the physical description of the character so that it is not like him.
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« Reply #17 on: October 01, 2013, 09:19:27 AM »

If you think the old boyfriend will read the book, I would change the scenes. You may think the stories are flattering, but he may feel otherwise, or his wife/girlfriend may feel otherwise. And when you think about it, fiction is always more dramatic than most real life stories.

Use the real life as a source of inspiration and then stretch your wings and your imagination. How can you take real life and make it better, even more interesting?

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THIS. I would just use those emotions and feelings, but not the actual events that transpired.
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« Reply #18 on: October 11, 2017, 07:34:29 PM »

I once wrote a short story based on an incident with an ex. It shows him as an extremely shallow character who puts more stock in how he appears  to people than anything else in this world. He could be doing something really awful, but as long as he comes out smelling like roses, that's all that matters.

I ran it past my lawyer, who said, "Chances are he won't sue you. The only way he can win is by proving that he's the asshole in the story. How would that make him look?"
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