Lately, I’ve been watching many British TV programs. I am amazed and somewhat jealous at the depth of their character development. The subplots give us a clear understanding of their characters; their likes, dislikes, family challenges, and their insecurities.
So, how can you bring that depth to your own characters?
By knowing everything about them. EVERYTHING!
No more than 10% of that detail will make it into your novel, but you still need to know. Are they married? Do they have kids? Where did they go to school?
By knowing this information and storing it in a character profile, you can easily add bits in when needed.
Try doing this: Make a list.
Write down a list of things your protagonist has done in their life that isn’t in your book. Why did s/he do it that way? Get specific! This will help you really get to know your character.
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