Knowing your characters and what they would do lessens your backstory; they will tell you your plot because they will act according to their character type. This will supercharge your focus on writing to your readers and not yourself. Ex: Jack finds a diamond ring on the street, with I Love You Suzy engraved inside. How will Jack react. Look at the character profile you created for Jack. If Jack is honest, kind, trustworthy, pays his tithes weekly, brings his own pens to work; he will run an add and try to find the owner. If Jack is desperate, homesless because he was thrown out of the local mission for stealing from the other inhabitants and meaner than a rabid dog running wild on the streets, he’d head for the closest pond shop. Jack is a hopeless narcisstic mystic; believes everything is a sign, a meaning, a step to the next step in his life that is all about him; he will only date girls named Suzy from that day forward. If you know your characters inside and out; your’re never left hanging to figure them out. I have attached Character Bio Worksheets below.