Every day I sit down, pull out my notebook and try to put my mind in gear. I write down things that I have heard or seen. Everything I have written has been inspired by something else. I jot, scribble, list, cut and change from beginning to end.
I seem to focus a lot on characters. After all, they are my favorite part of a story. I like to know the details of my character's lives. I need to know where they live, what they look like, what they like and what they don't like. Most times I start out by outlining or interviewing my character, often obsessing about my character's details. I probably gather up three times the information than I will actually use.
Outlining and/or interviewing helps me create believable characters. Do you interview your charachters? Do you let your characters reveal himself/herself to you? This is how I start my stories. How do you start out yours? Do you start with a plot, a title or a character? Please share.