Black ink stains the side of your hand and leaves smudges along the paper you are filling with your creative genius. You have leaped over the hurdles of writing chapters one and two, accomplished the beginning of your story, and now you are working on chapters three and four.
By now, you should know your main characters like you know your best friends. If you don’t, how do you expect your readers to know them?
More than anything readers want to identify with the characters in the book they are reading. They want to believe the characters are real even if they live on Mars, have magical powers, or are mythical creatures.
Think of Avatar. This is a movie where all the characters are blue and have tails but because they love, and have a strong sense of family and home, they are relatable.
Did you create a character profile (from Blog #5 Bring Characters To Life) for all of your characters? Great! You are half-way there to developing realistic characters, but just as we are not simply defined by our appearance in the real world, don’t let your characters be either. Just because they are living in words on a piece of paper doesn’t mean they have to be one dimensional.
The first thing a reader learns about a character is their hair and eye color, but the further you write in your book, the more the character has to unravel for the reader. Think about your best friend. What makes him/her unique from all the other people you know?
Don't miss the rest of this article about developing your characters: http://writewithfey.blogspot.com/2012/05/characters-make-book.html