Every story needs them. So, you know your basic story. You know your genre.
Who is your story about? Who are the main characters, the players?
And most importantly…how will they change?
Think of your favorite books or movies and the main characters they housed. Your favorite characters grew and changed because of the events of the story. You wouldn't have liked spending time with them if they hadn't. Your closest friends from the pages seemed like different people when you closed the book compared to when you opened it. These are the kind of characters you want to write.
Will all your characters change? No.
Only MAJOR characters change. A minor character doesn't get enough "screen time" (or "page time") to go through meaningful change. And not ALL major characters change. That's what you're deciding today.
Flat Characters: AKA Static Characters – These are characters that DO NOT change. They may be minor characters who don't get much time in print. We'll deal with minor characters another day. Today: there are some major characters who are just too stubborn to change.
Round Characters: AKA Dynamic Characters – These are characters that DO change. Maybe they come to realize something new about themselves. They gain a confidence they never had. Maybe they become jaded or bitter. There's a good list of potential changes here.
*Please realize this is not the same as "Hidden Depths" where the READER comes to discover something about a character that has been true all along. It just was revealed slowly. (This is a very cool thing if you can pull it off because it makes a FLAT character suddenly ROUND.)
• Ike Maxwell begins the story as a cocky cattle baron who wielded power without shame. He is desperate in the middle. He is humble and broken by the end.
• Justice Maxwell first appears in the book with a singular hatred of his father and intense guilt from his sister's death. Will he find forgiveness for himself and Ike??? Not telling.
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You? So...ponder your major characters. Your Character Development Template is here.
Your turn. Go.
The other posts from this series are here.
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