Continuing my series on character exploration:
I find that the more complete a visual picture I can create of my characters, the more they come to life for me. Although I don't usually write for specific actors, I do try to see real people in my mind's eye, most often totally fictional, but nevertheless real--as people often appear in my dreams. I'm talking here about actual physical appearance--height, weight, hair and eye color, skin tone, posture, grooming, attractiveness, sex appeal, degree of ruggedness or refinement, clothes choices, and so on.
Here’s a simple exercise that might help open the floodgates.