I wanted to be uber witty today, because I like to think I am an amusing person. But when deciding which of my non-stereotypical characterization processes to write about I realized...I don't have any processes. None at all really.
I don't create character sketches (I know, the HORROR!) I create stories. Then I pick characters that fit my story, I don't build the story around the people. I think I do okay. There are definate "trends" to my characters. My heroines are always kick ass, smart, and funny. The heroes are always hot, a little broody, and completely smitten with their counterpart.
Brynn touched on secondary characters yesterday. I have problems with secondary characters. Mainly, I don't have many of them. They gay guys always seem to get a younger sister in which to confide in. The women may have one friend who is massive comic relief, but other than that my stories focus on the TWO.
As I said, I don't create character outlines. They act and talk in the book like they act and talk in my head. If they do something stereotypical I don't make a point of pulling it out of the book. They are people like the rest of us. Sometimes cops eat donuts...I'm just sayin'.