I've been reading through this board from the beginning and working on my three main characters. I'm really pleased with what I have done so far: I have a friendship that clearly works, but also has little bits of grit in and I can see how I want to move forward with all three. I can even see great potential for a massive bust up a couple of books down the line, when they all lay the truth on each other. That's going to be fun to write. What I need to do now is make them more human. I need the little day-to-day things, the turns of phrase, the likes and dislikes, the habits, the gestures. I still can't 'see' them properly. I wondered how other people tackle this side of enlivening their characters? I realise that as I write more some of these will come to light, but I would like to create more tangible people from the beginning.