During a recent television program, realization struck. I didn’t like anyone on the screen. So why was I spending time with them?
I don’t think I’ll be returning to that program soon.
When you are writing a story, you are asking your reader to hang out with your characters. For a very long time. Will they want to do that?
Granted, you’ll be providing drama and conflict. For the sake of the story, a couple of your characters may be stinkers. But in the end, the reader will need to like your protagonists. Or at least be intrigued enough by your anti-hero to stick with your story. Whatever you do, make your characters worth your reader’s time.
What is the most sympathetic character you can remember? Why?
What characters do you feel have become fictional friends of yours?