My Mid-winter Kick in the Pants challenge is going a lot better this week than I'd expected. Despite not getting any writing done at all on Monday or Tuesday, I hit my weekly goal of 5,000 words this morning.
I'm really happy with the way my story is coming along, and the depth I'm getting in both my characters and the conflicts I've created for them. One of the tools I use is an article created by Laurie Campbell about interviewing your characters. It really lets you get into your characters' heads and examine their flaws and their strengths, delve into their relationships past and present, and what they like and dislike both about themselves and their love interest. I think that really helps add depth to your characters. And I do love a story whose characters are more than two dimensional cardboard cutouts.
I often pull the interviews out and fine tune them once I've written a couple of chapters and gotten to know my characters better and amaze myself at some of their answers.
So how do you get to know your characters? Do you plot them out beforehand? Or do you just let them reveal themselves as they face the obstacles you throw at them? And what flaws or strengths are you just tired of seeing?