- Whatever led you to annoy said writer is bound to end up in one of their stories at some point.
- It will not be written sympathetically from your viewpoint.
- There is every risk that their latest dodgy/evil character will at least have some traits you recognise for all the wrong reasons!
- When challlenged, the writer will correctly claim that dodgy/evil character is a composite (we all do this!) but you will know just what some of that composite is made up of and flattery doesn't begin to come into it.
- If you are a fellow writer, any chances of a favourable review of your work from the one you've offended is highly unlikely.
- The writer will portray a really nice and/or heroic character using at least some of the good traits based on themselves and those they get along with well. You will not come into this portrayal at all.
- The character that does have some of your composites in them is bound to die horribly and early on in the story too.
- Most writers would be very happy to know they've helped inspire another writer with their characters and stories but it has to be in a good way for those writers to be happy. You will not experience that happiness.
- If said writer's work takes off really well, they will happily talk in interviews and so on about the inspiration behind their successful story. You, of course, will be reading or listening to these interviews and gritting your teeth.
- If it is known or becomes known that you know this writer, you yourself may well be asked what you think about the successful story. You can either damn your ex-friend here (not recommended, you will look like a whiner) or be forced to say something that is reasonably nice (to do otherwise just makes you look sour and resentful). Basically you can't win here. (And I wouldn't be that surprised if the "becomes known" is triggered by the writer you upset because they know you will end up being asked about this). From a writing viewpoint, revenge is indeed a dish best served cold.
I'm Allison Symes and write fairytales with bite, especially novels and short stories.