it can be challenging and certainly frustrating at times. I find it to be most rewarding when things go well. When things do not go well I use some good apps on my Ipod touch to get the creative juices flowing. I also come to my wordpress blogs for the same reason. I also read “How to Create Fictional Characters” by Patricia Gilliam. I find her book to be quite helpful regarding character creation. The book causes you to raise a lot of questions about your character. For example you could ask questions about the character’s body type (Height, weight, general health, hair and eye color, any deformaties, mental health, background, mannerisms).
You could ask how the character reacts to certain situations, is he or she a leader or follower, does the character have friends or a just a few good friends, does the character trust people easily or not, does the character have siblings and if so how does the character act with them. The character could have either good biological parents or bad adoptive parents and vica versa. You could see the effect of that on the character. In any case a lot of questions would have to be asked of the character before a complete character make up is completed.