See what I mean?
When I first began writing novels and joined RWA and MWA, I soaked up other writers' advice like a sponge. I copied every character chart I could, jotting down everyone's ideas about how to craft characters. I thought I knew what the true steps to characterization greatness were.
Unfortunately, when you craft your characters with that much zealousness, with that much CONTROL, they tend to get boring. Precise is nice when you're planning; it's dreadful to read.
I've since learned that if I pick 3-5 absolutes with respect to my characters (i.e. their goals, their raisons d'etre, and a little bit about their birth families/backgrounds), I allow them room to grow and develop as the plot and their own personalities require.
How do YOU build characters?