Recently someone asked me how I go about creating characters. As I considered my response, I realized that the most important factor is time. Like any relationship, you have to devote time to another person if you are going to discover their secrets. The same is true for your characters. The only way you are going to learn about them, to understand them intimately, is if you spend quality time with them.
I like to make collages (more about that later), so magazines are the first place I turn to when I’m looking for a new character. Photo collages on Facebook can also be helpful. I saw a gorgeous picture just last night that I have to use. It was of a 13 year old eagle huntress. An eagle huntress! Can you believe it? Doesn’t that sound soo cool. I have to write a story about her.
The cliche is true: knowledge is power. Knowledge about your character leads to powerful writing.