The following is most likely rubbish but it is the way I apparently operate when starting up a new book. I’d never realized this before, but I realize it now. I’m not quite sure whether to feel good or embarrassed by this method, but I share it just the same. Feel free to dispose of it accordingly…
Always test drive a main character.
Take them out for a spin amongst the other characters, cruising through every situation with which your fertile writerly mind can imagine.
Watch them idle at home, at work, at play.
Get a feel for the way they handle the plot’s pavement.
Test their boundaries.
Note their flaws.
Note their flourishes.
Kick a few tires.
Hug a hood.
And then, only then, do you climb inside and head them toward the big “Once upon a time…” in the sky.
Chloe, the rubbish collector