Im writing a character-driven story about the interconnecting lives of a multitude of characters and i know it's going to be one hell of a task (excuse my language, haha) but im totally accepting of the challenge I was just wondering, when it comes to developing your characters personalities, do you write short stories with their interactions and do they have to relate to the actual plot? And how do you go about it? Im trying to make them sort of like real people (but a bit more interesting) This is who i have now: Kiani- a girl who left her family to show them she can be independent. She is small and fragile in appearance. She loves a great challenge, and will work her hardest for what she wants. (this is the one i think i need help on the most..she seems so...2D) Ayame- She is loud and a bit ghetto, but actually very responsible. She enjoys working with children, but has little to no patience with kids her age. Ayame has anger management problems. Lia- Ayame's serene, mute sister. If she could talk, she would possibly lay everybody out as she dislikes society's childishness. She is distant and would prefer to study than sit around with a bunch of kids she cannot talk to. Tydis- A socially awkward and scarred young man accused of mass murder. He has a hatred for women and a short fuse. He does not enjoy crowded rooms, and absolutely WILL NOT participate in any swimming activities when people around. He's very alert and cautious if anybody comes more than two feet near him. Pan- a girl who feels the need to have a man at her side and will do what it takes to get one. She was previously in training to be a young witch, but has since abandoned her goal. That's all for now (there's more, but i have little time) Please critique me!!