Yes, I talk to my characters. I admit it. I yell at them. I call them names that I would not repeat in front of my grandmother. I plead with them. I beg them to stop doing that really annoying thing that has been bugging the bejesus out of me for the last fifty pages. In short, I treat them like real people - most of the time, people that generally irritate me to no end.
Have you ever read a story where the characters practically walked off the page? What made them real to you?