I published my first short story when I was 39, and my first novel when I was 45. I would never have been able to write what I wrote without the life experiences that forty-five years had given me.
I'm thinking of character traits you never noticed before about those around you, or something in nature that sparked some sort of creative surge in your thinking or perhaps it's a smell, a sound, a touch... Think about the five senses.
As a writer, you’re the one who gets to create the reasons and motivations. How exciting is that?To achieve an intimacy with your characters, speak to them and let them answer. While the writer is the primary creator, the character is the leader and guide—or should be.