One of the most important things to get right in any novel is your characters. Without interesting, layered characters that intrigue and excite your reader it doesn’t matter how fantastic your story is, they simply won’t be able to care about what happens - and if your readers don’t care, they will probably give up on your book altogether.
As a child I was often trying to write a fictional story, but was never aware then of this process. Even today, it is still new to me. Now after seeing this, I feel too nervous to ask questions to someone who isn't real. I'd feel like a was a little kid talking to an imaginary friend. LOL!! But it might not be a bad idea to try, maybe just once.
I've already established a few things about the main character in my diary novel I have started. He's good at art, and is more of a loner. A great deal of the plot revolves around his anxiety about having to get braces, and how he feels once he's "behind bars," as he describes it. He hates the great-niece of the old man across the street.
How many of you have done this process with characters in your novels? If not would you do it now?