Last week I had offered my character worksheet to anyone who wants one. But I have to say that the character worksheet is the first step of how I get to know my character.
My characters begin to talk to me way before I even type chapter one or the first word.
The more you know your characters, the more your story will flow. I finished three complete novels before I figured this out.
1) I fill out the character worksheet to be able to get eye color, height, more of the features. Every single person in the book, no matter if they are secondary or driving by, they get a character worksheet.
2)As I'm creating these worksheets, I use an address book (that I learned from Heather Webber) and list them by their name and print out a picture I find on google that resembles the character. By this time they have become pretty concrete in my head. Then I take it a step further. I keep that address book with me at all times in case the character tells me something or I think of something new. It fits nicely in my purse or car or bag.
3) The last step is a more detailed bullet point fact sheet. I actually get out my colored pencils and draw an outline of a person. I make it pretty big and hang it on my office wall so I can see it when I'm writing as well as make notes on it as I'm writing. I think of situations I want that character to be in. Often times I bullet point the ending and how I want that character to be involved. This allows me to to get the thought out and move on. I don't fret over having to remember it.
By the time I get these steps down, I know my characters inside and out. I understand them and can easily get the story out.
Why not try one or all of my tricks and let me know how it works?! Or do you have a different way that you get to know your characters? Tell me!