For your new character or subject, write down all of the following:
- Age. (Does the character's age create any physical, mental, or emotional characteristics?)
- Gender. (Ditto -- but go for non-obvious characteristics here.)
- Social roles. (Start with the main role(s) played by the character in the story, but then brainstorm the character's other social roles. Is your waitress also a student at the community college? A Meals On Wheels volunteer? A daughter, a girlfriend, a mom?)
- Mannerisms. (Include physical mannerisms, such as scratching an elbow, that might be unrelated to mood or emotion. Also include physical mannerisms that flow from internal states, but try to avoid the obvious such as smiling when happy.)
Congratulations! You've just outlined a character or subject, and you now have a skeleton which you can flesh out as you choose.