I know that it helps me out a lot to talk about my characters. Usually I like to do this out loud to a patient listener, but the blogosphere and writing forums like these are also very helpful. Tell us about your characters! How are they coming alive? What aspects of their personalities or lives do you find challenging to write? What are they doing for your novel? How do they evolve throughout the narrative? The list goes on... Tell us more!
My character, Ainsley, is a bit stuck-up, as the name implies. She has a natural psychic gift that's been passed down to her from her grandmother (it skips generations in her family) and she's pretty sure she knows everything. She's 22 and just broke up with her boyfriend. She likes to help people using her gift but she things she's a little better than them. Ainsley is incredibly close to her mother, Helen, and her grandmother, Diana--in fact, she lives with them. She is working on opening her own reading clinic (as she calls it) in Kansas City, MO.
The most challenging aspect of Ainsley is that she's so sure of herself--and a little snotty. It's hard to write this in to the first part of the book and then find something that will believably turn her on her head. She's going to be hit hard by life's realities (I love bildungsromans) and find out very quickly that just because she's gifted doesn't mean she's above others.
My mc is Camilla (my favourite name!) who is a medium. She's quite complex, has lived alone for 20 years and now in her mid forties has found her dream home in the Scottish Borders. She is a romantic character, with a deep loyalty to her best friend and a nostalgic sense of being. I have based part of her character on myself, except I'm not quite as romantic!