When I start a project, the first thing I do is write down, in longhand, everything I know about the subject, every thought I’ve ever had on it.
~ Maya Angelou
Do you ever do this? I’ve been thinking that since two of my characters grapple with one particular struggle in their (interior) lives, I might really go for this to establish greater depth in my perception from the start (if three-quarters into my first draft can be called “the start”). Until now I’ve let my sense of the characters lead me forward, without anything else. Well, them and the unfurling plot.
So… What do you think? Do you do something similar in your work?
Oh, and another question for ya: