I worked on character sketches using the character feature and even put in some "photos" of my main characters. Now, when I work on the characters, I can look at the photos and get a "feel" for their personality. For names, I downloaded the popular names of the decade from Social Security website for each decade in my book. After I found a first name, I used Scrivener's Name Creator feature for a last name. I didn't put a lot of effort into names as I will probably change them or they will get changed if I get published.
I was having trouble getting my dates and times mixed up, so I did a search and came up with Aeon Timeline. I'm using a demo of this to see if it works. So far, I am really impressed. I can create a timeline of events and intersect it with people who interact with those events. The software computes ages of your characters as well. I'll write more about this software as I do more with it.
|Aeon Timeline Screenshot|