This didn't post right earlier this morning, so I'm reposting...
Going further with discussion on character development, and here is a great site Holly Lisle has with workshops on this subject as well as dialogue and many others. Here are a few checkpoints she uses when designing the life of a character.
Choose a gender.
Choose a place of birth.
Choose a hobby.
Choose a past job.
Choose a present job.
Choose a past love interest.
Choose an enemy.
Choose a pet.
Why is your character not working at the old job?
Why is your character not with the old love interest?
How did your character make the enemy?
And there are many more. Like, obviously, a name. LOL.
And on that note, how do you choose your characters' names? My stories are present day so I choose what fits them and usually weirdly enough I have the name and personality of the mc before I even have the story. I know I have to write about this person.
I know many of you write historical fiction, so how do you choose yours to fit the time period? And fantasy and sci-fi names ...does it just come to you or is it carefully constructed?