Yesterday, we talked about writing new themes, ideas and angles rather than jumping on band wagons, or boats that have already left the dock.
Today, we discuss what’s most important in a novel. Your idea of what is most important may be different from mine. For me, I think characters are most important.
You need characters you care about. If you don’t, the reader won’t. Characters need to be interesting - even the bad guy. Characters need to be different - a book of clones with the same personalities would be boring. You need protagonists your readers can relate to. Characters have flaws, just like real people. Characters have goals and setbacks and friends and quirks and secrets, goals, flaws, hopes, pasts and even things they would kill to protect. Even characters who are best friends or twins will be unique.
Characters carry the story. They shape it, manipulate it, become it.
They live in the writer’s head until the writer brings them to life on the page. Then they become part of the life of the reader.
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