Even though my new stories often start with a seedling of a plot idea. I probably spend most of my prewriting time sussing out what my characters are like.
In fact, it sometimes take writing as much as 15,000 words of the story before I really feel like I get the character. I way have a handle on the goals and their motivations. I can infuse all kinds of conflict between two people, but it takes spending a little time with them to see inside and know what makes them tick.
I can build a hero from the ground up. Write him a back story that has made him the person he is on page one, but, at times, I feel like there’s something I just don’t understand completely. I can decide he has brown eyes, but until I look at a picture of a man with dark, soulful eyes I’m not seeing everything there is to be seen.
I’ve spoken here before about how I use images to round out my character profiles, but I was reminded of it again as I went on web search looking for the perfect hero for my novella-in-progress.
I’d like to introduce you to Nate Jenkins ( Okay…Jim Caviezel)
Do you have any tips or tricks for getting to know your characters?