A few years ago I worked with a lady who wrote Harlequin Romances. When I told her that I was interested in writing a book she gave me what she used to develop her characters. It was about three sheets full of questions like:
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I tried using it before I started writing my book. I filled out every question, putting down what I thought my character would like. What her strengths and weaknesses were? But when it came to write her I became frustrated because I really didn’t know my character until I began to put her in situations. The connection didn’t come until after I’d been with her for a while. Now I love her and all of the other characters in the book even the bad ones. But it took a while.
What about you do you write a character sketch or do you just have a general idea before writing?