When I first started writing I didn’t have a plan whatsoever. I knew my story, my main characters and the ending (big yay on that) and just started typing. The more I wrote, the more I got to know my characters. They became ‘alive’. Nowadays I like to work more structured when it comes to characters. There is actually a very simple way to ‘create’ a flesh and bone basic character. I just use a character sheet.
You can find many examples of character sheets but I found 2 that work best for me. One is very detailed, the other not so much. To be honest, I use the less detailed one, because that’s easier.
# 1: Epiguide Character chart for fiction writers:
Very detailed chart you can download in pdf .doc or .rtf. You can download it here.
# 2: The Writers circle creative writing workshop.
Discover your characters by 20 simple questions. You can download it here in .pdf.
Since I use Scrivener for my writing, I copy paste the character sheets to my list of characters. This way I get to keep developing my character while writing by adding anything I want to this sheet.
I hope this helps you like it helped me!