So what do we do to make our characters unique? It isn’t easy and definitely gives us a major challenge. Since I’m a very visual person, the first resource I go to is the internet. I google kids, or animals, or whatever is similar to the character I am going to create. Just looking at a picture gives me tons of inspiration and ideas. Once I find what I might like the character to look like, I ask myself a ton of questions. What if this kid had braces instead and had trouble talking with them? What if this kid only liked to wear red? And on and on.The other day I needed to create a unique creature and give it a unique name that wasn’t in the dictionary. It wasn’t easy but turned out to be a blast for me. The first thing I did was decide if I wanted this creature to be scary or funny and did I want it to be a “person” creature or animal? Once I decided that, my hands were on fire googling everything I could think of.
After the long process of finding some things I liked, since I can't draw a twig, I went into Photoshop and the real creative process began. I cut this, pasted that, and finally ended up with what I thought was a unique and fun creature that I could write about. The problem with that is, it’s so much fun for me that I have a hard time knowing when to quit and go with what I’ve created! And no, I’m not going to tell you what I actually came up with! You’ll have to read the book when it comes out to find that out!Anyway, that was my process. When you create your own characters, creatures, demons etc., what process do you go through? Especially you authors who write paranormal, how the heck do you come up with what super powers you want them to have, that are unique?