You’ve probably seen them around and about – lists of ‘attributes’ to select from, the aim being to develop your character, to give them more depth, round them out, and a dozen other things we writers are supposed to do for these people inhabiting our stories. Now, I know some good people who offer those lists, and I’m not knocking them. They are useful tools, particularly when it comes to the supporting cast of characters – but I think even those who offer such lists will tell you that it is what is behind any character attribute/flaw/quirk/phobia/etc/etc that is important.
A great character, one readers will love, has something far harder to define or pin down than any attribute, flaw, or quirk.
On my home page I mention that if I find any great tips, or advice that I think is worth sharing, that’s what I’ll blog about. Today I came across this by a lovely Scots lass otherwise known as the Wee Blethering Skite. You won’t be able to take away a list – but this is by far one of the best insights into character that I have come across.
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