I freely admit that i easily get overwhelmed when i try to wrangle my story ideas. too many choices and options start whirling around in my head, and then the hamsters go flying off the wheel and i need to walk away from my computer. I'm interested in how everyone works to build a character. I have vague cardboard archetypes built up in my head, but the challenge has been in finding that initial thread that weaves each character in to a real person. What was your initial foundation for your character(s) and how did you build from there? How do you structure your thinking so you don't end up careening in 15 different directions? and what kind of platform do you use to work through your ideas (typing vs handwriting vs any particular software). In a nutshell, what is your system to keep your creative process from spinning out?