Part of the planning process is to create dynamic, well-rounded characters for your novels. Read about writing effective characters on HubPages and find questionnaires to test the depth of your creations! Characters rely on research, from naming to diversity, in order to appear realistic for readers.
Quick Tip: Don’t be afraid to branch out of your comfort zone when creating characters. Write someone you don’t know and look at the differences (as well as similarities) you may have in common!