I'm having real trouble with a protagonist who just won't reveal herself, I've never had one this stubborn before. I just can't seem to create an original character: I've tried imagining her sitting next to me on the bus, I've tried imagining her in her house going about her everyday business, I've tried mentally interviewing more rounded characters in her fictional town, I've tried looking around for real people - none scream inspiration, and now it feels like I'm running out of avenues. I have a perfectly rounded plot, but, to be honest, I want my protagonist to change it - influence the plot with how they react, to give it a ring of authenticity, and so I can't really start writing without her being just a cardboard cut-out being flung about from incident to incident. I'm looking for devices you use to wrestle out a difficult character - how you get that little spark that suggests a personality you can use. Some characters appear blissfully in your imagination fully-formed - mine's sat in the corner with her back to me... I can almost literally only picture the back of her head. Wrangling tips, anyone??