As writers, we can do some strange things because of our characters. We spend countless hours with them and know them like old friends. I notice that when I’m working intensely on a character, I’ll begin to dress, walk and act a little bit more like them.
I once transitioned from writing a confident, passionate but skeptical character to writing a young, energetic character with a fresh, unjaded perspective on life—my own clothes changed, too. They became less preppy suit and more carefree bohemian.
I’ve also been known to change my hairstyle to match my main female characters’. That could get a little tricky for a space fantasy I have in mind—the MC has white hair with streaks of purple. Yikes! :)
Once, I barely stopped myself from dating a guy who had my hero’s eyes. Mind you, by this time the novel had been completed for years and it was still the first thing I noticed about this guy.
So, what about you? What crazy, embarrassing things have you done in the name of your characters or your story?