“I find it’s helpful just to know about things in your mind,” he said. “You can put it away. Because that’s what real people do. Real people walk into a room knowing where they’ve been the day before and what’s happening to them. It makes the present easier, if you know the past.”
For Bernie, he imagined his history, from a background as a small-time film producer and illegal exporter of cars to his divorce, even deciding that he had two strippers he saw regularly. “I even did some things where I wrote a letter from Bernie to his ex-wife just to see what it would sound like,” Mr. Brooks said.
I think there might be a lesson there for writers. Maybe. Read more here.