Do you tend to base your characters' personalites on real people? Or do you simply imagine them in your head and they develope in your mind? I would have to say that most of my characters are based on real people, but it's a habit I'm trying to steer clear of. I feel sometimes it almost dictates where the story goes when I base a character too closely to someone I know in real life. So now I'm trying to focus more so on creating personalities in my head and allowing my characters to become a person of their own. I think it allows for more freedom in my writing, because I'm not confined to a pre-made personality- if that makes sense?