It seems to me, going from the vibe I get from certain threads, that the modern wannabe writer is more interested in world-building and role playing than they are creating good solid fiction. When you hear many of the forum members talk about their characters, they do so in a way which suggests they have an existence outside the story being written, where they're merrily going about their 'real' lives. You hear the writer talk about the characters' reactions, should they ever get to hear what they have planned for them in the story, or what kind of person they are in general. While I appreciate a good central character has to feel real to the writer, what I'm seeing on the forum goes way beyond that. Yes, any writer will 'know' their characters, but why is it necessary for members here to share those 'lives' with others? As the thread title says, I suspect this is more about these members wanting to role play, than it is to write fiction.