During this quasi-desperate push to get through this whole NaNo craziness, I've been learning alot about my creative process. I'm finding that I can't just invent background for my characters from thin air. I had fifteen minutes this morning to write and drink coffee while I waited for middle child to finish his shower (aside: how can he spend so long in the shower, when I KNOW I used up the last of the hot water before I got out of bed?); and I found myself writing a scene in which my hero checks his voice mail to find that his aunt has left him a message about bringing a date to Easter dinner.
Turns out his aunt raised him. His Aunt Janet and her lover, Aunt Stevie, who have a Llama farm in eastern Kentucky (where did I get the Llama idea?could it be here?). Where is the lesbian aunt in my subconscious? Who the hell knows. Although, now that I think about it, I do have a gay friend from college who had a farm for a while. WHATEVER, Freudian issues are not the point of this post.
The point is this: I can't just sit around thinking about my characters and figure out what happened to them in the past. I have to move my fingers to do find out who they are. Interestingly enough, use my hands alot when I talk, too. If I sit on my hands, I can't talk. It doesn't seem to matter whether I am using a pen and paper or a keyboard, but I have to write to figure out what's going on. Hey! I think this might make me a WRITER!
What about you? How do you figure out who you are writing about?