I'm writing another novel. And it's good. Like really good. But enough about that.
One of my characters is based on a patient who I have kind of met. Four months ago, when I was on SICU, I would cover the Burn ICU at night. I spent many hours at her bedside, placing lines, adjust medications, drawing labs, changing dressings- but she was basically in a coma, so I met her but she never met me. Anyway, I've taken her and developed an entire imaginary life and personality and made her a character in my novel.
Now I am on Burn Surgery and she came to clinic today. Let me tell you- it was AWKWARD. I walked into the room and saw her name and immediately felt like I was meeting a celebrity or something. She probably thinks I'm a total freak. But I kind of wanted to get to know her and be her BFF, mostly because I'm curious if I got ANY of her life or personality right.
The verdict? She is much more stylish, funnier and nicer than my character. I guess that's better than if she ended up being a jerk. Anyway, now I feel like I need to make my character better, to live up to her.
Meeting one of my characters in clinic.... craziness.
Also- here are 2 AWESOME quote about writing I like:
"Although physicians are not deities, novelists are."
"The difference between fiction and reality is that fiction has to make sense."
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