Every writer has their tricks for creating memorable characters, whether it be borrowing from quirky family members and friends or talking to interesting strangers at coffee shops while scribbling in a notebook like a mad person.
For me, I draw inspiration from pictures. For some reason, writing up my detailed character profiles (which is a necessity for me to write anything coherant) is much easier if I have a clear image in my mind of what the person looks like. I collect pictures of people that strike me as someone in my story and save them so that I have someone to look at when describing my characters or writing their dialogue. I accomplish this by two methods – “stealing” someone I’ve actually met or by using Google images to poke around until I find the perfect face for my character.
It is pretty fun actually. I just type in the age and basic physical attributes I have in mind for a character and just click around until I find the right one. It is weird to think that I have photos of strangers saved all over my computer who exist in my head under a different name and presumably very different personality.
This is a great idea methinks, except for my fear that someone, someday will get a glimpse of my search history and see that I’ve Googled “images of 12-year-old boys”. That may be difficult to explain….
Anyone have a different weird method for creating realistic and memorable characters?