Anyone else do this? You know, like Method Acting (Strasberg, Brando etc). Placing yourself in to the place and emotion(s) of the character you are writing. Further, do you look at the motivation and think of a backstory for the character as you write them, even if that backstory may not be fully evident throughout the piece? I'm sure a number of folks would say yes. I was thinking that if I can't really get the context of the person I'm writing (ie - 'What's my motivation?') then I can't write a convincing person. If I do dialogue between characters; I need to hear their voice. I need to know what makes them tick. Are they a kind of crabby person? All that, to me, drives what makes a deep character. DO you guys dig in that deep and get inside the head of a character? If I don't, I think they read like cardboard.