Lets have a take on character. You come up with a simile for either ”Characters are like...” or ”Developing characters is like...” Your simile can try to be spot on, funny, ironic, poetic or whatever you feel like. But you not allowed to be vague or get into relative discussions like ”...Well that depends on what kind of writer you are, and genre and style and we are all unique...” You suppose to capture -something- with you simile so decide on your take of it, a style, genre or how or is for yourself as an individual or someone else. --- Developing characters is like cooking. When you first start to learn to cook on you own you know about some dishes, and know the about some common ingredients. But you don't know exactly what temperature is best for frying things, how to get the sauce right, or how to cut a chicken neatly. Either you take some known common recipe and follow it, or you improvise wildly, with varying results in the beginning. After a while you know some recipes by heart, have you favorite ingredients and spices and can improvise somewhat without risking a disaster. You can use most common methods and ingredients. You done some mistakes and learned from them. Finally after a few years and a lot of practice you really begin to get this whole cooking business. You know how to compose a dish and to combine dishes to a fancy dinner. You can take whatever you have at home and improvise a meal from it, and it will taste great. You understand the ingredients, their upsides and downsides and what to watch out for, like how easily fish overcooks. You know a bit about nutrition and know how to get the best results of all the ingredients you use.