Writers, do your characters come to you as people, already formed? Or do you “build” the character yourself?
I know writers who feel strongly both ways — so I’m not saying one is right or wrong! Every writer’s process is unique, that’s why I’m curious.
Personally, I see a big block of material: clay, granite, marble, etc. The character is inside. I just need to uncover it. Sometimes I get a whisper of voice from the block. Maybe I know what its name is. Or maybe I know where it came from. But the heart and soul of the character is trapped inside until I begin to methodically cut away the outside layers to reveal the living, breathing person inside.
What about you?