In Assignment 2, we have been writing character sketches, describing how characters look, what they wear, and trying to bring in all the senses to give full idea of how this character appears and what they are like. It feels like a continuation of describing an object or animal in Assignment 1.
I find it takes me a while to find the character. I have to write a lot in order to get to the nub of the personality. Sometimes I need to leave the character sketch for a few days and go back to it.
We have also put these characters into settings. These settings help us to describe the character. I have to write these up separately first and then start to put them together. It is almost like dancing or watching a river flow trying to get the character to merge with their setting so that they sing/fly.
I am not sure there is any magic formula except to keep practicing and keep writing. Some days are better than others. I find it easier to write a character sketch of someone I do not know. I also find it easier to describe a setting or a possession, but this might be because it is similar to the exercises we were doing in Part 1.