As I write, I frequently mind travel to the story. I really need to be able to see the imaginary places I create. If I can't reach out and feel and smell and touch both my characters and my setting, how can I write?
Sometimes I look at my students or people on the street and ask myself is that Character A? Is that him? At my children's chorus concert I found my supporting friend for the new middle grade novel I hope to start sometime after the new year. I have this real live girl's face locked in. Once I saw this face, the questions about character for my fictional character stepped in to place. I can't always do this with my main character's though. I have more of a shadowy idea, which gives both myself, and my eventual readers, room to interpret.
What about you, how do you find your characters?
Hey Lady, What would you say about me?