So I've been doing the sketches, which is like pre-writing with real writing, and it's taking some adjusting.
I've got the main characters and the main plot for the first book and a 'controversy' for the next book. Over it all I have a vague/hazy idea about what the main, overarching plot should be for the kid's series itself.
However, it is very interesting. I find myself cutting off the development of the vague/hazy idea short every time I get to it because I don't really want to know yet. I just want to know my people. Two of them became especially interesting last night during this exercise.
If anyone out there has done character sketches: how much time do you focus on the history of your character vs. the personality of your character. There's a difference...I've avoided the history because that's been coming up organically and the personality that these guys have will determine how they react in the situations I give them, but it also makes me want to go further into the story at the same time.