I'm watching the first show of the second season of the Glee Project right now, because apparently I'm Glee obsessed. The Glee Project is all about the auditions they hold for new characters on Glee and I like what they keep saying about the creator, Ryan Murphy. He's not just looking for someone who can sing and dance, he wants someone who makes him want to write a character for them.
Can you imagine writing something in that way? Holding auditions and then in walks your hero or your protaganist? Like in a for real, reach out and touch them, kind of way. It has to be surreal, in a way, knowing that you could possibly be using this real person's attitude and personality into a character for your story/film/show.
Do you think you could do that? I know a lot of people talk about how fun 'people watching' is and how it's a great way to get characters and storylines started. Have you ever done that? What about putting someone into a story that you already have going? That has to be a little trickier seeing as how you already have a set world and now you have to find a good place for them to go.
Hmmm, this sounds like a fun writing prompt. I may have to spend some time at the mall. :)