Without characters, your plot isn’t important. Without characters, it doesn’t really matter about what else in going on in your world. Characters help the reader connect, help the reader feel, help the reader care.
Because characters are the one true link of reader to story, they are incredibly important to get right. They need to be development, they need to be complex. No one likes flat boring predictable characters. They are hard to relate too and not real enough to care about. We want our characters to be believable, so that a link, a relation can be drawn from reader to character to bring them deeper into the story.
Even supporting characters need to be important. They can be funny and quirky, but they still need to be important. Maybe they’re a catalyst, and you make them well loved so their death sets a series of events in motion. Maybe they’re heroic but faulty. Maybe they’re “evil” but with a sympathetic past.
Just a friendly reminder this NaNo season to look after your characters. Make them the best they can be, and your story will follow.
P.S. Join me tomorrow for a deeper look into character development as I review the recent SciFi movie, Ender’s Game.