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Thursday, September 08, 2011

When I played paper dolls as a kid, I had no idea it was shaping my future.

I loved paper dolls. Even the colorform kind--was that what it was called? I can't remember. But I loved dressing up my little dolls for appropriate social events, casual outings, whatever.

Think about it. When you played paper dolls, it wasn't all about the clothes, was it? I mean, in my imagination, it was more than that. They dressed for an event because they had a life. I knew quite a lot about my little paper friends. Their families, their quirks, their struggles and their joys (well, depending on how long my mom let me play). So you see, I was learning about building character and fictional lives even back then.

Some days I miss my paper dolls. So I just grab my laptop and start creating. The only thing missing is the paper. :-)

What helps you most with creating characters? Magazine pictures? Conversations? People watching? Playing paper dolls?

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Diann Hunt  
posted at 10:00 AM  
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At 2:42 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

I didn't play with paper dolls, but I had a blast with real ones. Kids are wonderfully creative. It's a lot more work now, but still fun!

At 2:45 PM, Blogger Liz Flaherty said...

I loved them, too, Diann. The Lennon Sisters, BTW, were MY sisters in the paper doll world!

At 3:56 PM, Blogger Tracy Ruckman said...

I am such a visual person, I have to print out pictures of all my characters (in a variety of poses and moods - thanks StockExchange and istockphoto!) and their houses, pets, maps, even weapons. It helps me think. :-)

I seem to recall having paper dolls at one point in my childhood, but I didn't play with them very much. I'd rather be fishing.

At 4:23 PM, Blogger Timothy Fish said...

I played with cars when I was a kid. Every car had a driver and every driver had a story, though I'm not sure what story justified me sending them over ramps and all the other stuff I did to them.

At 9:26 PM, Blogger Pamela Meyers said...

Diann, I loved paper dolls when I was a kid. I had all different kinds, but my favorites were children. I'd sit for hours making up stories for them to act out. Little did I know that was the beginning of my storytelling that goes on today in my novels. Thanks for the memory!

At 4:19 PM, Blogger Pam S. said...

I loved paper dolls - and so did my sister! Our favorites were a set my mom had from the 1920s or 30s. Their outfits were very glamorous. Our stories (and back stories) were very elaborate.

I haven't thought about paper dolls for a long time. Thanks for the memory! :]

At 6:46 PM, Blogger Nicole Christian said...

I LOVED paper dolls. As a kid, I bought some with my pocket money that were stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood. Actresses like Joan Crawford with all their beautiful gowns.


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Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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