As some of you might know, I am not only editing Doorways. I'm also slowly starting to work on the rough draft of the sequel.
Insanity, some might say, but I believe there's method to my madness.
See, the real insanity would have resumed if I didn't do it. I simply CAN'T wait another two years before continuing the story. I want to know what happens. And I want to know now.
Which would lead me to something really illuminating that I stumbled upon recently.
My crit partner and I let our main characters meet.
Yes. Meet. And interact.
Yep. It does sound weird. But after the initial WTF moments, we discovered that the interactions between the characters form a treasure trove of information.
I think it's because there's no story into which to force them, so they can just hang out, be cool, or not, or do awesome stuff. OR mess up.
And I'm there, making notes.
This is particularly illuminating when it comes to two of my male main characters, because neither of them actually talk to me in character interviews. It ended up that my crit partner and I forced a bunch of them into a room and let them get drunk.
With some VERY interesting results. Half of the stuff I now know about my main characters will never make it into the books, but like backstory, it's something that forms the foundation of their actions and choices.
What weird and wonderful things have you tried in order to get to know your characters?