I didn't take writing too seriously until about 9 years ago, that's when I started building the world I'm still currently writing and telling stories within it. As a result I didn't communicate much with other writers about most things until recently, so the method I'm about to describe is something no one ever told me but I'm sure almost all of you do.
I began writing an anthology of short stories and tales, telling the stories of many different characters in my world, and what started as a project quickly turned into me thinking of each individual featured character in my world and writing a short story just for them. This has helped me tremendously in creating bonds and relating to my characters which in turn has made it easier to write for them (obviously)
How many others do this? If you don't, what other methods do you use to connect with your characters and understand their goals, ambitions, passions, and hardships?
Source: reddit post