When I write my fiction, my aim is delighting the reader. They say an outstanding character lies at the heart of every memorable story. A well rounded, engaging protagonist keeps people turning pages even if the tale falters. Boring and predictable is a recipe for disaster. It’s a feat easier said than done. The experts advise writers to construct complex personalities, and they offer helpful tips. Give them wants and needs, goals and motivations, and a purpose for their existence. Add a quirk, a flaw, and something to fear. Create circumstances that make them sweat, make them fail, make them suffer.
The hints remind me of real-life people whose heart-warming stories inspire us. These are individuals who overcome personal tragedy and face overwhelming odds, to achieve their objectives while upholding or discovering their inner strength and an unshakable sense of right and wrong. The amazing part of these heroes is their response to accolades and recognition. They claim they only did what anyone else would do.
I try to write characters from a place of compassion. I reserve judgment and commentary and seek to portray them honestly, and in a manner that fits their constructed personality. Doing this allows your audience to peel back the layers and draw their own conclusions.
How do you develop your characters?
Keep on writing.
Jo Hawk The Writer