Or maybe I live in books too much. lol
Anyway, while I was nursing poor Super Spawn, before I became infected, I was working on something new for me: a character worksheet. I know, this whole planning things is going to my head. But I found it kind of fun.
It felt more like I was sitting down interviewing my characters one by one and getting to know them before we get into the thick of our adventure together. NEWS FLASH: this is good. (Well, it's good for me.)
I asked them things like what their favorite past-time was, who they hated the most at school. Then, since this is a group of friends that have known each other forever, I asked them to give one word descriptions of each other. That was a very telling experience and I got a good feel for their mannerisms and how they interacted with that exercise.
And I sound super NUTS like I'm sitting in a circle chatting with these invisible teens. I SWEAR I'M NOT CRAZY. Er, not that crazy. I was really just filling out a spreadsheet, I promise.
What about you guys, do you spend quality time with your characters before you ever start writing, half-way through, or do you get to know them as you go? And most importantly, do you feel it helps or hinders you?
I've always been a get to know them as I go girl, but again with this whole outline take on things -- I'm feeling like getting to know them better early on is going to help with voice and such, which means less revisions later.