When it comes to writing and developing characters, you need always to keep one word in mind: motivation.
Motivation is helpful in two fronts. Motivation…
a) defines characters, and
b) pushes the story along
Think about it. In order for the beautiful harmonizing of a solid story and lovable characters to occur, several things must happen, but the main thing is motivation.
Think Lord of the Rings. Not only is the story itself driven by the motivation to destroy the ring, but the characters are defined so clearly because of that motivation.
Think Finding Nemo. The title itself is the motivation behind the story and the characters.
Motivation is nearly everything in a story. Why am I writing this? Why is the bad guy bad? Why did my protagonist just do that?
But the catch is, the motivation must be believable.
Writers – don’t make your characters…