Characters in fiction writing: two essentials for each character
New authors imagine that to create a character, you need to know everything about him: his shoe size, for example. Or whether or not he likes anchovies on his pizza.
To create a character who has the potential to be wonderful, you only need to know two things:
- What he wants. What’s his heart’s desire — what will he sacrifice for?
- What internal obstacle stops him getting what he wants?