I sometimes wonder where our favorite authors gathered their inspiration for their beloved characters. That’s why I’ve been featuring a series of posts called Who’s Got Character on my website. I wanted to get the ‘behind-the-scenes’ look at how memorable characters are made and why we (especially the creators) love them so much.
Not unlike Dr. Frankenstein and his ‘creation’, pieces of our characters can come from a variety of places and sometimes, they get a little out of hand, but in the end it’s what makes them memorable.
So what are some of the basic sources of inspiration?
1. Once Upon A Dream – Some authors actually ‘dream up’ their famous characters, whether from an actual moment of sleep or from a daydream. Somewhere in that mysterious world of imagination, characters emerge and are finally fleshed out through the story.
2. Me, Myself, and I – Almost all characters have some element of the author in them. Since we must feel what we write, many times little bits of our personalities blend in with our creations. It adds an element of humanness or reality to the fictional realm.