When a character pops into my mind and reveals themselves, I get to know them really well.
I can see them worts and all. The smirk, contempt or joy on their face is understandable. Their happy go lucky attitude or their fearful, silent, brooding insecurities I’m familiar with.
No, I’ve not heard voices or seen visions. But I do talk to my characters. Doesn’t every writer?
When meeting someone in real life we don’t learn everything about them in the first few minutes. It’s the same with a character. The more time I spend with him/her the more I get to love or hate them, admire them or fear them.
Too often I forget the reader cannot see and hear what’s in my head. That I need to make introduce the character to the reader. For my character to become as real to the reader as they are to me, I must breath life into them.
“Reader, meet Character. Character this is…
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