Who cares about your characters?

Roz Kay

By Roz DeKett

At the Writer’s Digest 2015 Annual Conference in New York City, Talcott Notch Literary Services President and Executive Editor Gina Panettieri spoke about developing compelling characters. Here are my notes from her talk.

You’ve heard it before, right? There are no small parts. And it turns out this applies as much to your book as to the theatre.

Any character in your story should be there for only one reason: to move the plot forward. So make them meaty, have them influence the story.

But the main character, of course, is the protagonist. How do you make your protagonist authentic and compelling, somebody your reader wants to spend time with?

Nobody loves perfect people
Well, there are no perfect people, but we wouldn’t love them if there were. And that applies to your protagonist too. If your reader’s giving up hours and dollars to spend time with your…

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