I have learned that I love to role play with my characters. There’s so much that you can learn from your characters when you put them in a different situation. Since I currently have three going on, I’m a little obsessed I have to admit. It’s so much fun to see how my characters react to characters of my friends. The novels become better because I now know how a character would act and I learn things that I would not have learned otherwise.
So if you get the chance to role play, do it! It’s fun, free, and you learn a lot.