I met with my CP's last night to hear what they had to say about the first chapter with my most recent tune-ups. The things they were pointing out were great and there were still more than I wanted, but they were little things. And as I sat there, listening to what they were saying, thinking about the corrections I could make, I realized something.
I found my Main Character.
And I really, really like her.
Sure, I had an idea of what I wanted her to be like, but I am finding her motivation, her sassy if-I-just-plan-this-out-it-will-be-fine attitude that is generally what gets her in trouble. She cares about things, is annoyed about things, is frustrated but too stubborn to admit it in several situations.
So, how did it happen? I think it's like forming any other *real* relationship (but she is real because she and I have many conversations. I like that she thinks that way I do about several things).
Think about it. When you met your current most trusted go to in a crisis laugh together and eat too much junk friend, what were your first few conversations like? Slow moving, getting to know each other kind of experiences, right?
I think we need to remember that more often. There are too many times when we jump in with the idea of a character that isn't ready to discuss the mysteries of the world yet, so we think they are flat or not necessary or whatever.
Relationships take time - both in and out of our heads. We need to remember that when we are working through, give ourselves and our characters a chance to get to know each other, and wait until they trust us enough to show us who they really are.
What are techniques you have found to develop your characters? Have you had any characters who surprise you with who they really are?