What do you keep in your character notes? Do your characters get their very own files? Do you interview them? How do you keep them alive? How do you come back to your keyboard for the duration of your short story or novel and keep them fresh and alive and full of surprises?
Let your characters develop on the pages of notebooks, sketch pads, character files in e-folders on your desk top computers or your cellphone. Just get it down, somewhere, or you’ll never know your characters well enough to take you to the end of the story.
I ran across this article while researching something entirely different. So, I thought I would bring it to chat.
She was in a hurry, you could tell by watching her. Is she late for work? Is she annoyed that you yanked her out of the office products? Does she compose herself quickly after seeing how big you are? Who scares her? When she turns the key in her car does she say a quick prayer?