Getting into a character's mind
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June 28th, 2010 (10:28 PM).
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: New Zealand
I would always develop an overall impression of a character's mind, but unless it was integral to the plot, I would usually invent specifics (hopefully being consistent) as they are needed.
The technique I used for getting into character's minds was a kind of short-burst writing exercise, where I'd take one or more characters and put them in a situation completely outside the story. I found that that way I could see how they react to a plot I'm not emotionally invested in, so then I could (in theory) have a more accurate thought process by my characters. I found that when I didn't do this, my characters were more prone to be wooden and slavishly conforming to their archetype.
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