I have a pubbed friend who doesn't even begin writing until she has a clear picture of her characters in her head. And I don't mean GMC or any of that. I mean a picture. She uses characters from soaps as inspiration. One of her characters looks like Genie Francis, Laura from General Hospital, and another is based on Michael E. Knight, who plays Tad on All My Children.
I have never done this. I prefer to see the characters in my head, and let the reader picture them their way, too.
That being said, I have three pictures hanging from my bulletin board depicting characters from my current WIP. Patrice, the victim. Claire, the heroine. And Aislin, the hero's sister.
About a week ago, my daughter brought home Cosmo, and as I flipped through it, I came across an ad with a woman holding a purse. I don't know what the ad was about, but the woman in the picture was my victim. Dark auburn hair, her pout, absolutely eerily perfect. I couldn't stop staring at her image.
Eventually, though, I pulled myself together and turned the pages. Imagine my surprise when I came across yet another picture of a redheaded woman who matched my vision of the heroine in my WIP so perfectly it shook me. Claire is also a redhead. Not auburn, not strawberry, but somewhere in between. But it was the cut and curl of her hair that matched my vision down to a T.
Just as I was about to put down the magazine, I looked at one more ad. And, there in Panavision color, was the third redhead in my story. Aislin, the hero's sister. Absolutely stunning. A sweet-looking young woman with long red hair.
I'm telling you, the hair on my arms stood up. Not only the coincidence, but my perfect vision of three very different redheads in one magazine was just too much.
Maybe, but if I open GQ (like that's going to happen in my house) and find Garth and Kelly, I'm going to call a shrink! LOL.
Do you need a picture of your characters, or do you see them in your head well enough that you don't need a photo?
Heading out to pick up next month's Cosmo and a few others......