- Put them in a crisis and see how they react. What would be their gut reaction to a crisis? Cowardice? Courage?
- Interview them! (Can include their past history in this. This will often explain why people act as they do).
- Prepare a profile/biography of them.
- Look at how your other characters react to them and why.
- What are their prejudices? Why do they hold these?
- Look at their tastes in music, books etc. What hobbies would they have?
- How well do they get on with others? What reasons do they have for this? Are there any exceptions to their general practice and, if so, why? For example Eileen generally gets on reasonably well with most but loathes Brankaresh. That's because he's sexist, power hungry and she has caught him out with regard to magical cheating. All good reasons to loathe someone.
- What is their most basic trait? Eileen's one is stubbornness. When fighting evil this can be a good thing as she's not going to give up. Can be problematic with relationships with others though, as my stories show.
- What is their biggest strength? What is their biggest weakness?
- Do they make life more difficult for themselves? If so, how? Are they trying to do something about this or do they accept this is just part of what they are and if others don't like it too bad?
I'm Allison Symes and write fairytales with bite, especially novels and short stories.