9. How do you get ideas for your characters? Describe the process of creating them.
Erm, how do I answer this one.
Honestly, I don’t.
Really, I would like to say that I go into great lengths into the character creation process, but since I’m (mostly) a discovery writer, I don’t know who the characters are until they show up on the page. It’s one of the main reasons why I suffer from writer’s block. That is, I’m writing along, think of a good situation and the character just goes and quits on me. The moment I push the character(s) in the wrong direction they simply go on strike.
I do take notes while I write and the characters are pretty good at revealing themselves pretty quickly. I get a strong sense of each character right away, back story, motivation, the works, almost as if were locked in the back of my mind and all I needed to do was go down the Freudian basement, unlock the padded cell door and let them out. And like any madmen (or women) they don’t reveal their secrets all at once.
So, like in Soviet Russia, characters create you, not the other way around.
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