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Believable Characters from the Buffet
9/17/2008 5:08:04 PM

Did you know you can find the characters you want to write about at the nearest buffet?
It's true! The other night, I went to dinner with my husband at a local buffet called Danvers. You may or may not have them in your town. And while I sat there chomping on my salad and four crackers, I paid great attention to the people loading their plates from the salad bar/buffet.

Now, these were just normal every day sorts of folks, but they were memorable.

The first woman to pass by me wore generic flipflops, pink walking short, and a white short sleeved shirt. She had medium length hair pulled back into a ponytail and she had glasses but no bangs. I say she looked like Walmart to me because her clothing was discount stuff all the way. Her small daughter, maybe eight, was pulling on her arm and demanding something special from the buffet. I figured from the woman's developing paunch that they must eat out a lot. Either that or she was in the first/second trimester of a very long pregnancy.

The second woman to pass by my table was dressed in pretty short shorts. They were khaki and had detail on the pockets in back that made me think Gap, or maybe even Abercrombie. She had a black leather handbag tucked under her arm and her flipflops had heels. Very stylish lady, with a ton of patience. I say that because she took forever to load her plastic plate. She must be a methodical sort, a planner.

Anyway, these are just a couple of the people in that place that night, and I learned great things for creating characters from the experience. I recommend going down to your local buffet and doing some human research.

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