OK so there is no milk in the fridge this morning and all I have is 2 bananas and a glass of water. But hey I'm feeling a bit flush so if anyone's up for going to starbucks then I'm paying!!
Currently I am researching the characters for my dusty novel. I have 2 female leads, 1 female supporting baddie, 2 male love interests and 1 male brother/best friend (not sure which yet). No two characters are alike so it's difficult to get them right in my head. I had visualised 4 out of the 6 but am currently struggling with the other 2, probably because they didn’t always exist in the novel. They kind of joined late and while I feel they are quite important they just don’t appear real to me. If I imagine my novel to be made into a film then its definitely a brit flick. Kind of like a Richard Curtis Rom Com but the actors have never appeared in his films. Some of the people I imagine to play the characters aren’t actors or even famous for that matter. Some are real people some are made up faces in my head. I’ve employed techniques to get to know my characters. I’ve had imaginary conversations with them, written up character bios and now I am having a lot of fun flicking through old magazines where the characters jump out at me. At the moment female lead no 1 is a cross between Natalie Portman and Keira Knightly and the other I imagine as a cross between Agnes Dene and Sarah Harding. These images have never wavoured in my head and I find this technique bring them to life a whole lot more. I have even made a scrap book with all my characters different looks and traits. This has been my favourite technique so far but I am sure there are more out there.
So my question today is: What techniques do you employ to get to know your characters and which has been your favourite?
So those are my tricks for the time being. How do you get to know your characters?