I know alot of people have 'character dolls', in this thread I'm specifically refering to dolls that people have based of their own unique/original characters. (vs based off of other peoples subject matter). I hear about how people get 'inspired' by having their characters based in doll form, but how? Do you just look at the doll and suddenly you have the inspiration for what that character does next? Do you talk to the doll as if it were a sounding board? I'm interesting most specifically for people who have storys in their heads that they want to turn into actual sellable original novels. What sort of tangable work have you created from this doll inspiriation? Few storys are set in a house with just two characters talking and interacting the entire time. How do you handle having to write parts for which you don't have a doll for one or more sides of the situation? I have heard and read about alot of people who get dolls for their 'characters' and their storys, but then they don't seem to do anything with the story. The doll seems to become the outlet for the story vs an inspiration. They are more then happy to tell you the whole story and world they have created in their head, but which they have never gotten around to writing down, even if that had been a goal before they got into dolls. So does having a doll of your character(s) actual stop you from creating a tangable non-doll work of art/creativity? If nothing else, having a new hobby to devote your time to, and away from the actual writing process?