Warning: DO NOT read to the end of this post if you DON'T want a couple of great questions to ask yourself about your character.
We're writers. We don't film it. We write it. So the language around the character is important. Each character has their own way of speaking.
Carolyn suggests reading your book out loud for many reasons related to language. "Nothing beats reading your book out loud."
Carolyn asks questions about her characters. If she has a day when she gets stuck, she does something she calls Questions. She once heard Paula Danziger say she wants to know what the inside a characters closet looks like.
1. What does you character keep hidden in his or her underwear drawer? If nothing, then where do they hide things?
2. Who would your character call/text/email/send smoke signals to when something good happens? And what would that good thing be?