I recently came across a post on Diamond – Yup like the stone about creating compelling characters. She has a list of seven qualities to make characters come to life on the page and also has a link to Elana Johnson’s blogfest today which is ripe with helpful information.
Relatable characters are so important because if a potential agent/editor doesn’t care about the characters, they won’t care about the manuscript. Characters more than anything else, for me anyway, are the thing that keeps me up late when I really should put the book down and go to bed. I just have to know how on earth they’re gonna get out of a tight spot and hope they’ll survive it. Some of my favorite characters come from books by Kelly Armstrong, P.C. Cast + Kristin Cast and Lara Adrian, to name a few.
Which authors keep you up late?