One thing I’ve learned about writing novels and stories is not to create boring characters. I’ve said this before here about writing your characters as one dimensional, never letting them grow. Nobody is perfect without any flaws and we all definitely make mistakes. So should your characters.
I’ve always thought of my characters as people for whom I’d like to be associated with. My main male and female characters have never been written as wimps. I refuse to do that. But, they can’t be perfect either. They make mistakes, too.
For example, in my “Remember The Eyes” novel, Riley told Michael about some of the weird things she can do. She not only told him that she was psychic, but she told him that she could read his mind, too. He walked out on her because he was a little scared and needed some time to think.
Her mistake was that she told him her secrets. His mistake was walking out on her. But, later in the story, they grow back together. The point is, they grew. They acknowledged each other and reminded each other of the love that was between them. But, more importantly, they grew as characters. It wasn’t easy for them to get back together.
I’ve read some books where the characters didn’t grow at all. One book I read called, “Sleepy Hollow” had 25 chapters in it. It didn’t start getting good until I got to the 24th chapter. That really pissed me off. I wanted to take the book back to the bookstore and demand my money back. I’d kept reading the book hoping that on the next page something was going to happen that would make the character grow. It didn’t happen until the end. So for me, it was a boring book. The very fact that this book is part of a series doesn’t make me want to go out and buy the next one. I’m figuring if it took that long for something to happen in the first book, what’s the second one going to be like?
Another thing that some people do is kill off characters too soon or make the character wimpy. Nobody wants to read about a character that gets pushed around all the time but does nothing about it. A reader doesn’t want a character that doesn’t do anything. No one wants to read about a character who falls down all the time, literally stumbling through the book, only to find out that they wouldn’t have done anything about it anyway. That makes for a boring book.
All too often, authors don’t let their characters grow and develop. Characters need to grow and develop. They need to make mistakes. They need to get advice, they need to fight, gain and lose friends, and sometimes (and sometimes we hate to do it) a character has to die in order to help the other characters grow. And most definitely, a character that grows, never gives up. They don’t take the sit-back and-wait-and-see way. They’re go-getter’s who know what they want.
Life isn’t perfect, and neither should our characters be.
However, fiction isn’t real–it’s better!