These are the ways I've found mine:
- From a Jazz game. This poor father of 7 probably thought I had a crush on him, because I even took his photo with my cellphone. What caught my attention was the way he cheered for the opposing team while all his children rooted for the Jazz.
- A snip of this, a bit of that. Some of my characters are purely my own invention - and frankly, these have been the hardest to flesh out.
- From thin air. Fully formed, this is my favorite way to get them. I still remember the child's voice I heard coming from behind a hedge on the school playground, the voice that stayed with me as I penned Three Secrets.
If you'd like to get to know your characters better, check out the questionnaire I posted today on the QueryTracker blog.
What about you? How do you get your characters?
*Check out agent Suzie Townsend's blog to win Hourglass by Claudia Gray. All you need to do is comment.
*Jackee at Winded Words had a fun scavenger hunt last Friday, and I won! Thanks, Jackee!