I haven’t tried using this, though I plan to do so soon. I know that many of my characters have certain fears, emotions, likes, and dislikes that will, in all likelihood, never be written. But that is only for the characters that I know like the back of my hand, not the ones that I am struggling with. The ones that I struggle with may have a personality, but I couldn’t tell you a single thing about them.
Part of me is sad that these secret traits will never be written, because I want to share everything with everybody. I suppose that’s the trouble of being a writer; there are so many things you want to share about your characters that simply don’t fit into the story.
On the up side, you know your characters better than anyone, and they can be pretty fun!
What are your thoughts on secret character details? Do they help you develop a character and get past a tricky plot point?