I got an idea for another character in my book. They just keep rolling in.

So often when I hear writers talk about process they talk about being steeped in their characters. Having always been a non-fiction writing professional, I always wondered what that would be like. Now I know.

Something you’ve been doing for a long time or someone you see regularly suddenly gives you a lightbulb moment. A snippet of dialogue or an observation. Like today I was down in the Wall Street area when this guy checked me out head-to-toe. I thought, “He’s a goon, but a hot goon.” That’s a line, right? Wouldn’t a character say that to her girlfriend? And wouldn’t the girlfriend know exactly what she meant?

Slices of life. Keeping it real. What fun.