I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose. ~Stephen King
What I get from King’s quote is this: We (new writers) must take the time and discipline to create a thorough background for our characters, and then we must completely let go.
- Character’s name (Silly I know, but it avoids all characters ending up with only first names) 😉
- Enemies… see full list Here
And then the character takes over. Once we give the proper background, and we let our imagination go free, our characters seem to come alive and tell us where they’ll go in the story.
The key is in the development phase. Do your story justice. Spend time on the research and background for your characters. A little TLC goes a long way. 🙂
Authors who create great characters create great books.
What’s your secret to giving your characters the depth and synergy that they deserve?