development exercises is to imagine: if your character had his or her
portrait taken, what would it look like? Which postures, eye angles,
clothing, jewelry, visual quirks would capture his or her essence?
What kind of lighting? Facial expressions? On and on. Dreaming
up this kind of snapshot for a character is like creating a tag line for
your novel - it can add clarity and focus, make the person sharper to
you and therefore, to us.
When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not
characters. A character is a caricature.
- Ernest Hemingway