Characters: sometimes we love them, sometimes we hate them but it’s important to say YES to our characters.
When we say yes to our characters we, as writers, are giving a character we care about to our readers. If we care about our characters, love them for who they are. We are better able to tell their story.
Understanding your character
Even if all the information isn’t in the story the author should know:
How does the character look: features, clothing.
Where is the character from: background, location.
What is the character’s motivation: good, evil.
When does the character live: time period, lifestyle.
Why does the character want this: the small stuff
Who does the character: love, like, hate & why
Just like real people, characters need to be consistent; otherwise the reader will know the piece isn’t authentic. When characters exhibit flaws and failing in correct measure and context the story is more believable. With a more believable story your readers will say YES to your characters.