If you base your characters on people you know in real life, it will be easy to remember their personalities.
Examples: Mother, father, sisters and brothers, other close relatives, long time friends and co-workers, characters in a novel series, characters on TV or in a movie series that you’ve been watching for years.
You’ll never be lost on what a character would say. Just imagine what the real person would say.
To make it really simple to remember who represents who, write your story using the real names. When you’re done, use Find and Replace to change all the names to the fictional characters.
As your completed writing builds up, you will be able to base future novels and short stories on your own characters instead of the real people.
Article by Ivan Izo.