Knowledge brings pain. Madness offers release.
I. It Begins with a Goal
Every character starts with a goal, usually a desire to change things. This goal takes the form of 4 distinct roles; adventurer, achiever, victim, and leader.
The question of whether to outline or improvise a story is an ongoing debate for many writers. I think this post by M.L.S. Weech offers some sound advice for anyone struggling to decide how to write their story.
Lying is one of the broadest character flaws; ranging from white lies to cruel deception. When it comes to liars there are three parameters that govern whether lying is a minor flaw or a serious transgression: how frequently the character lies, how significant their lies are, and their motive for lying.