Last week in my online class, one of the other students made this observation about her challenge in developing one of the characters in her book.
The pieces of him I reveal have to add up to an entire person.
Isn’t that brilliant? It’s what each of us needs to do as we build our story. We have to show the good and the bad, the hero and the coward, the quirks and the foibles that make us human, and in the end reveal a complete person.
I should note that the character she was talking about is NOT the main character. And yet to build a believable story, she knows this person needs to be fully formed. It’s an important thing to keep in mind as we flesh out the people around our main characters. And it’s my challenge to you this week.
Are all your pieces adding up?