When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people, not characters. A character is a caricature. ~~ Ernest HemingwayAre your characters real people? Oh, I don't mean that they are people in your life who you meet for lunch or drinks after work. I mean are they people to you?
Many writers say that their characters take on a life of their own. They transcend the bonds of being characters and develop minds of them own, pulling the story in this or that direction.
I think development of a good back story often helps transform characters into people. If the back story is detailed enough, the characters have a vivid past upon which to base decisions and to direct their actions.
How about you...? Are your characters people? Have they become your friends?