Without characters, stories would not exist. Think of your favorite book or movie. What would it be without its characters? People make stories come alive — with action, with drama, with emotion. Without them, even the most glamorous settings would be drab and boring.
Very few stories exist with one character alone. Most are made up of multiple characters and are based on how those characters interact with each other — positive and negative. Just like our own environment, interactions with characters can be unpredictable. They aren’t always pleasant. Some are painful and heart-wrenching. Others are full of mystery and promise.
When two characters you create interact with each other, even you as a writer can sometimes be surprised at the outcome. Don’t be afraid to let characters begin to speak for themselves. If they are well-formed, your characters will have their own desires, speak their own opinions and even make their own decisions. Don’t force them into something that may be out of character.
WRITE IT OUT: This week, develop two characters who have different desires. Put them in a scene together and see what unfolds. Don’t be afraid to let them show some emotion in their actions and dialogue.