Another critical part of early exploration work is making an initial probe into your characters' psychological and spiritual makeup. In other words, to begin to view them from the inside out, pondering what's going on inside their heads and hearts. When it comes to writing good, truthful dialogue for these people, you’ll need to merge with each of them, to feel comfortable living inside them. You’ll need to be able, ultimately, to formulate and verbalize their every thought, presenting in words and actions their unique intellectual and emotional worlds.
My next few posts will hit on various aspects of a character’s internal world that are worth considering early on.