I had a plethora of P words I couldn't choose between today. Pinterest, Persuasion by Jane Austen, Pandora, pancakes...lots of options.
But I want to talk about people, and the reason I got into writing in the first place. I love it for both writing fictional people and connecting to real life people. When you write a character you are putting a bit of yourself onto the page, making yourself vulnerable. All characters come from a part of you. Then when other people read that writing and connect with that character, in a way they are connecting with you.
I love the idea of writing a hugely wide variety of characters. That involves reading a ton and researching and imaging, but it also involves meeting a wide variety of people. Writers are notoriously bad at this, myself included. But I really want to be better at it, at being social and doing things and meeting people.
We meet people at work and school, but where else? Perhaps its easiest to start in familiar environments, and I know libraries and local Barnes and Nobles have readings or lectures or signings to go to. I also have a lot of fun meeting people by doing plays. Other then that though, I'm not very good. Other ideas? Friends of friends? Parties? Clubs? Improv groups? Karaoke night?
As for characters, here are some pictures from my Pinterest character board that may spark your imagination:
Have fun :)