On my desk in a little pink frame where I place a photo ripped from a magazine or printed online, or sometimes a picture of one of my friends. (shown above)
Meet my latest love interest. He's a super hunky Italian with a long straight nose and eyes shadowed in the fold of his brow. When he smiles, the left side of his mouth rises ever-so-slightly higher than the right. It's as if he always has a secret, one he's never told anyone. VOILA!
And sometimes I find the picture first and try to imagine what his or her life is like. It's a great brainstorming exercise and could just spawn the idea for your next novel.
Writer friends, what do you do to help bring your characters to life? Discuss.