I suppose that the word realize literally translates as, “To bring into one’s own perception of actuality.” So then do I realize a character when I write about them or read about them? If I make something in the reality of my own private brain, I have then realized it. Just as an architect realizes her vision for a grand building by making a concrete version of her internal reality, so too do I present my inner reality to the world through ink and paper.
This was just a random tendril of my thoughts that I am sharing with you. Any ideas on how to develop this would be great.