Here's a funny thing. One of the characters in my novel, who has started to assume a prominent place, is based on a guy I know. A guy who was homeless for a while, used to be in the chorale, has had mental difficulties. I became his friend and we went on hikes and so on, and I even let him stay in my house when he was recovering from surgery (the hospital said he needed to rest and a homeless person doesn't really have that option). There was an "incident" between the two of us after we'd gone on a hike, a story I may tell another day, and as a result we have not had anything to do with each other for a few years.
Well, tonight Ron came to listen in to the rehearsal. He does this now and then. And during the break he came up to me and said, "Well, are you going to apologize?" and I said no, I thought I'd wait for him to come around. Meaning come around to my way of thinking. It's a bit of a coincidence that he has assumed a role in my novel, and I noticed something tonight that I've noticed before; he isn't afraid to be really direct about things. In public or not. It's really a social no-no, the way he talks, but it made me think a bit about my guy in the novel. The guy really isn't much at all like Ron at this point, but it might be valuable to have him develop some more of that directness. Just not as far as Ron has taken it.
For example, Ron was talking about his surgery on his hip. He said it moved things around inside and now...he made some references to parts of his body that I didn't want to hear about. In front of others there, too. He's that kind of intrusive, which is embarrassing. Adjusted, though, it would be a good trait.