What a "high" seeing those three hundred pages stacked up on the desk --the first draft! I always wanted to print out the manuscript because it gave me such a sense of accomplishment just to see it. @MartinTrilogies
In this author's experience blog, Mary talks about creating her characters, fleshing them out, and how the character building effort fed her creative process.
No Character can come alive on the page unless I know him or her really well. @MartinTrilogies