I think I'd consider this my most simple, general, typical and expected thread on this site for a while. People who frequently provide me with the assistance I too commonly request for will likely be relieved. I'm having issues with general characterization. I can write out 10+ paragraphs describing the character's personality, quirks, likes and dislikes and sometimes even more to outline my planned, but flexible, development for the character's personality. But following this process, I can't apply it. My characters often give off wooden performances, and when they actually show a modicum of the personality I planned out for them, end up flanderizing my own characters. I have issues finding instances to show that characters have *this* quirk or that they like *this* activity or that they're good at *this* or that *this* bothers them or that *this* brings them relief without being too irritatingly blatant about it. I also have issues writing dialogue in distinct manners. When I go to write, each character has the same vocabulary, same ways of saying the same things and only blankly saying what they need to for the plot to progress while remaining consistent to what little character I was able to project from them. What is the best way to get inside the heads of my characters, to solidify my image of them and to properly write their conversations in a realistic manner?