I love creating people for my stories. From the main character to the person who only appears in one scene these are the people in the world I've built. I love giving them flaws and attributes that make them believable.
I taught a class last weekend at a writers conference where I discussed the interior and exterior of characters: the interior forms character, the exterior reveals character.
For the interior you must build your character's biography from birth to the point your story begins, create context (where he lives, family dynamic, etc.), and set the character's point-of-view (which deals with how he views the world).
The exterior you need to define your character's need; create obstacles; and learn the personal, private, and professional sides of your character.
- Personal--the character's outward domestic scene such as martial or single.
- Private--what the character does when he/she is alone.
- Professional--what your character does for a living.
Do you remember a novel with unique people (characters)?