My character development goes the same pretty much everytime. I create a character, think of a recent history, then work on the highlights of their life, some I even write the interesting part of their life story. The month long challenge got me to write a history on one character I hadn't developed to much. She is so mysterious in the book, I had her avoiding indepth questions about her past, because of her secret. But have had fun writing the history, while still not revealing the secret. I thought I had hinted all I could in the book without giving it away before it is announced. My history pretty much includes: type of childhood, parental influence, age area of study growing up(martial arts, arcane arts, religious study, etc) What weapon if any they chose and why.(less muscular fencing style, more muscle sword or unique weapons. I am trying to stay away from traditional swords) Special abilities if any. Close friends if applicable to the story, enemies even if only a subplot. Any affiliations with special groups? (Blackstar, Highway man, Mage counsel) I also try to give them some human quality, something they like to do, some stupid fear, some item or being they love, some weakness(loves different food) During the story I usually add stuff to their life.