As a newbie to the "no seriously, I'm gonna write a novel" scene, I've been surprised again and again by how naturally impatient I am while working to develop my characters (or during any aspect of the writing process, really). So I'm curious: when did you consider a character to be "complete"? Or to phrase that question better, at what point in the process did you start seeing your character as a tangible person/living being and not just writing on a page? Before you started writing your story? During a re-write? While creating oodles of back stories that you knew you'd never use in your actual published content? I get the feeling that I won't truly know my characters until after I've completed a really rough draft and a couple rounds of edits, allowing me to reveal each character's true nature and build on the personality foundations I've started. I get that this is an ongoing process, but it seems like there's a certain point where your knowledge and comfort level with your character allows story development to move a lot faster (as opposed to "Huh. I don't know what he'd do in this situation. Maybe he'd get upset and run away?"). I'm interested in hearing how everyone's different journeys lead to a satisfying and structurally sound character. And for that matter, how do you define such a character? When does a character fall in to place for you?