I guess what I'm really asking is " Do you model your characters after people you know?" How do you come up with your character's mannerisms and signature personality traits? I have modeled all of my charcters after people I know. They, of corse, don't know I've done that but I'm wondering what others have done? I'm a real people watcher so I pluck those quirks from everyday life and use them to make my characters seem more real.
What do you do?