Nice little checklist for writing stories:
- Use your notebook to build ideas for your character.
- Build a profile or outline for your main character using some of the suggested headings.
- Consider all the influences that go into the making of your character: age, gender, race, nationality, marital status, religion, profession.
- Get to know about your character’s inner life: what they want, think, remember, resent, fear, dream, deny.
- Get to know about your character’s behaviour, what they wear, buy, eat, say, work at and play at.
- Get to know how your character speaks and how this changes according to context, mood and intention.
- See and describe your character vividly, how they look, how they move, their possessions and surroundings.
- Focus on your character’s contradictions and conflicts in order to create a complex person and also to generate plot.
- Remember the main methods of character presentation: summary, appearance, habit, scene, self-portrait and combinations of these methods.
Thanks to the Open University – I don’t have copyright, but I hope they don’t mind me borrowing this from their free Future Learn Course: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/start-writing-fiction/