It's important for a writer to know his or her characters just as well as they know their family or their best friends. So often, we forget that we need to know the backstory for the people we write about so that we can more appropriately place them in situations and know their reactions. We need to know what motivates them... what of their history drives them... how will their likes and dislikes feed into the choices they make?
These questions, which you should ask of your characters... yes, really sit down and have a conversation with them as you would any other person in your life... will help you to better understand their actions and emotional juxtapositions when you drop them into new situations, or when they walk into a scene you had not anticipated.
Remember, not all of the answers to the questions you ask of your characters will end up as part of your story... but knowing as much as we can about them gives us the ability to create three-dimensional, more realistic people that our readers can continue to identify with as they turn each page and become more invested in the story.
Diana Kathryn Plopa
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