I just came upon this recently.
G. Hugh Bodell launched a website dedicated to bringing his characters alive. The basic idea is that you put your character into a difficult situation, then ask your readers to help you solve that problem.
But I thought it would be a very interesting writing exercise to try the following. How about taking your character out of context and seeing what they do? This works very well for historical fiction, because all you have to do is change time period.
So what would your Roman centurion do in another time period?
The reason why I think this is a valuable exercise is because it will help you to get to know your character better. Why not try it and let me know what you think?
To read G. Hugh Bodell’s blog, go to: http://whatwouldsoroshdo.blogspot.com/
For those of you who want to know more about marketing your novel and don’t mind paying $21 for it, here is the link to Joanna Penn’s “21 ways to sell more books online.”
Have a great week!