Depth is more than backstory. It is who your character is. And it made me wonder whether I know my characters well enough.
1. Are you friends with your protagonist?
Would you get along? Do you think it’s important to be able to get along with your own characters – especially your protagonist?
2. What qualifies you to write this character?
How would you feel if someone turned you into a character? How would you think you should be portrayed? Respect your character by knowing enough about him or her so that you can accurately communicate his intentions and motivation, his feelings, and his flaws. He might act like a jerk, but he may have a very good reason for it. Show his reasons to your readers, and he will become more likable – even relatable.
Any thoughts on this? I tend to write really jerky, obnoxious characters. Personally, I don’t mind them and I also don’t mind reading stories with jerky characters (you know, unless they’re constantly making one stupid decision after another); but some people are very picky about likable and relatable characters. Share your wisdom in the comments!