I recently published five novels on Amazon.com. All five books were written in the first person. While that seems a bit one dimensional, I made the books more dimensional by heading each chapter by a different character.
For example, in my Paranormal Romance “Remember The Eyes” (Book 1), I headed each chapter with either the male or female character. Then in the second book in the series, my female character was kidnapped. I had to add how that made the male character feel so I would head that chapter with him, showing what he was going through while the female character was gone. If I left the story just in the female characters point of view, the story would have been one dimensional and you wouldn’t have learned anything about them and the way they were thinking and feeling. I even headed some chapters with one of the “bad guys”, to show what she was thinking and feeling at the time.
I’ve read some books recently where the character development was lacking, making them very one dimensional. There was the main female characters voice throughout the whole story, but that was it. There was nothing about the main male character nor any of the supporting characters. You knew they were there because they were speaking, but you never learned anything about them making the story completely one dimensional.
1. If you can’t write your story in a multi-dimensional way, showing each characters thoughts and feelings, creating that much needed character development, then write in the third person. This way, everyone in the story will get a chance to be heard.
2. Let your characters live their lives. You don’t want cardboard cut-out characters, therefore, change up your characters from one book to the next.
3. Make your characters be believable. They must change and grow and even experience setbacks and improvements.
I’ve decided to branch out and do something a little different. My WIP right now is done in the third person, showing several different characters and their lives within this story. I’m showing memories, thoughts and the feelings of four main characters as they are all stuck in different places. If I wrote this novel one dimensionally and didn’t show any character development, you’d never know what the other characters in the story were thinking and feeling.
Meeting a well written character, who grows and develops throughout the story, will leave a lasting impression on you, making you want to read more.
Check out this website the next time you write a story. http://www.the-writers-craft.com/support-files/character.pdf
Stories are supposed to be multi-dimensional with character development. Don’t let yours fall flat.