Adler includes an exercise from a book called Inside Out. It seems like it would be a great activity to do if you want to get a handle on a character, and could be part of the work at the backend, or could even be expanded to become a short piece that stands on its own.
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"Mad Talking---Write a response to a person, thing or situation that makes the character angry.
Soft Talking---Write so that the character comforts a suffering person or thing (an animal, a stuffed animal, even an inanimate object, such as an old car).
Fast Talking---Write to convince someone to do something or believe something. Have the character win them over."
Try writing a "talking" piece about a character. You might be surprised at the results...
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