In keeping with the last post more wisdom from renown members of the craft. In this case famous writers on the subject of characters… If I am totally with any of them here, I would like to think it is with Joss Weldon.
Kurt Vonnegut: Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.
Robert McKee: The finest writing not only reveals true character, but arcs or changes that inner nature, for better or worse, over the course of the telling.
Alice Hoffman: After a while, the characters I’m writing begin to feel real to me. that’s when I know I’m heading in the right direction.
Joss Whedon: I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I’m afraid of.
Stephen King: I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose.
Been Weeks: Weak characters make for weak stories.
Ernest Hemingway: When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.
Barbara Taylor Bradford: The character is the plot of the novel. Character is destiny.
Trueman Capote: You can’t blame a writer for what the characters say.