OK, so it appears that I'm on a character-crafting kick with posts lately. That being said, I'm going to compile links to the posts related to this aspect of writing and put them here. Any time I add a post with the label "charactering" I'll put the link in this post. (And almost all of the ones that have come under that label to this point are here.) This post will also be in the sidebar, probably right under the genre series post.
A Life in Freefall
I'll take a distillate of passion and lace, please
Consistency Thy Name is Editor
Be careful or you will end up in my novel
Turning notions on their heads
What makes a compelling story?
What will your characters do?
What's in a name?
Live like you were dying
Think of me fondly...
More on side characters
Antagonist's motives: Important or not?
A tip for getting inside your MC's head
Tuning into the world around you
Complicating Characters Revisited