So, how do you create characters readers love? These three tips will help.
1. Your Character Wants Something, and Will Do Anything to Get It.
What does your character want? Highsmith’s Tom Ripley will do anything, including murder, not to be poor again.
Readers love characters who go all-out to get what they want. These characters are motivated. This makes for conflict, and excitement. Creating characters who WANT is a short-cut to plotting. Scarlett O’Hara, Becky Sharp, and Tom Ripley all want something desperately. Becky and Tom will do anything to get out of poverty. Scarlett wants that too eventually. However, for most of the long book, she wants Ashley Wilkes.