How is it that I feel like I meet my characters when my mind is the one that made them up? Its slightly disturbing if I stop to think about it... I do love it when things just fall in place, however. I will be writing and I just know that my character likes green and that she's scared of being vulnerable and that she hides behind her bold actions. It makes it easy to know how she will react and what it will take to motivate her. Sometimes I stop and ponder what my characters are like but most of the time their personalities just show up. I realized this when I was answering a list of questions I found on a blog called Writer of Wrongs. Most of the answers were just there for the taking whether I had thought about them or not. It was really rather fun!
Oh, but there is a limit to this magic. I only seem to meet the good guys in my stories. The bad guys are standoffish and slow to cue me in to their motives and personalities. Its more like I'm chasing them around hoping that they will drop some sort of clue about themselves. They don't even like to tell me their names. Maybe I need to watch more movies with compelling villains. At least my latest villain has a name and he has brown hair. That's a start anyway... I wonder why he likes to pick on my MC so much... Maybe she will tell me, seeing that she is the more talkative one out of the two.
I'd love to hear how you come up with your characters or if they are like mine and sorta just show up!