So I am learning that when creating characters, you really have to know how big a role you want your characters to play to decide how in depth you go with them. If you want the character to be a main character, when then you need to give them a full name (at least a first and last name) and a full description both in personality and physical nature. You also need to be able to give them a bit of background work and/or context as to what you want to readers to know that is important about them that will help readers know why they are so important or why they should care so much about. How will they become invested.
Are you going to give a bit of background information about how they grew up before you begin the meat and potatoes? Then with your minor characters, how will you present them, will they be given any background? Some may need just a bit some will not. If they show up enough, they will definitely need some sort of background at some point, but maybe not right away or sometimes even in that book they could have a spin off (I have seen this done and it’s pretty cool). Sista Souljah did it with Winter’s younger sister (Porsche) who was not as major a character.
Then you have to make sure the time lines match up. This has always been tricky for me when writing on my own but now with this software I can stay on top of it because it shows it to me in both the character sections, the events, and the the whole book. I feel pretty confident about keeping my dates and events in order while making a these characters and what they do especially as I plan on moving forward to create a series/ spin offs based on the main characters.
More so, I am doing a great amount of research looking at the formats of books I have enjoyed. I am researching the content that must go into my book. Every author researches certain facts that they put into their books or events. They make sure that destinations exist or do not, they ensure information is not copied so they are not plagiarizing, they research names/ places so they can state they mean what they believe them to mean (unless they are making it up), or that information is accurate before posting it in their books. This can take a great deal of time. BELIEVE ME!
I almost feel like I am in school again with all the research, but it feels good when it gives way to a few paragraphs or pages of new material of written work. I can triumph in knowing that I ave something solid and I hold on to that reference with my dear life just like when I was in school and post it in my writeitnow 5 software so if it’s needed later for me or the editor I have it. They won’t catch me slipping.