I have discussions with a friend about the characters for this recent story I'm crafting. She can see the personality of the two women forming already. The man, however, is more of a non-entity at this time. I'd like to say that my sketchiness regarding his personality is intentional. Sadly, it's not. I know who he is. I know what he wants. Yet . . . I'm treading on shaky ground when it comes to writing about those bits that make his personality.
See. The characters of Ian and Angus from the story I completed recently were based on real men, who left an impression on me despite the short time that I knew them. The women that I write aren't based on one person. Instead, I have collected bits and pieces of those I have known in my life. Easy to write. Easy to think how they think.
This guy, who I've named Connor, is not someone I know. He's blue collar, not a white collar worker like his older brothers. His education has been in the navy (I know a bit about that.) and on the job. No college. Just work. Heavy lifting. Early mornings. How does he think?
This got me thinking about how we label those around us when we, say, see them on the street. Can you tell who holds a blue collar job or a white collar job when they are in their weekend wear? Can you? What is it that tips you off?