When I began my newest new book, I found pictures of my characters in magazines and online. I struggled with the dialogue and reactions of a serious, hard working female character in my first scene. A good friend popped into my head. I imagined how she would respond to the situation in that scene. It worked. Later, I added a snapshot of her next to my character’s picture.
Voila, in my mind, my character’s reactions and comments were easy to visualize and write.
So, when I need someone who is outgoing, verbose, friendly, I picture another friend and I immediately can picture how she would respond to any situation.
However, just a word of caution, don’t put too much of your friend in your story that it is obvious who you’re using. Below is a list of guidelines I follow.
* Use a different name for your character
* Use different situations, something your friend or family member has never been in
* Have them be a different sex, if possible
* Have them be different ages
* Don’t include all of your friend’s mannerisms
And most importantly, only use the good qualities of your friends and family members.
Have fun writing!