Writers live with their characters, become acquainted with their strengths and foibles in the act of advancing the story. I love the idea of tuning in to my characters, allowing them to be players in their own destiny.
When I neglect my WIP, I feel sorry for my protagonist. Nothing has happened in a long time. She wants action. I feel her resentment seething from my laptop and the pages I've printed for my critique group, notes scribbled all over them. Her imagined life is suspended while I'm not writing. I envision her, annoyed with me, impatient. It prompted me to write this haiku:
Tapping her paper fingers
Waits for the next page.
How do you tune in to your characters?
Coming soon -- compiling a playlist for your story.