I have looked for ways to understand free-thinking characters beyond lying awake until 2 a.m. I’ve written out backstories that will never make it near the story, had conversations with them, tried to step back into their headspace and usually failed -- until Myers-Briggs.
Maybe you're a creative genius who never needs help with anything ever. I'm not. Here's what I do to create something from nothing, or add some "extra" to the "ordinary".
Outside of our front door we’ve seen white sand and we’ve seen forests. We’ve seen wildflowers, deserts and mountains. Heat waves and blizzards and rain, all within the same week. Inside, it’s always home.