- Decent dialogue. (Nobody wants to be ignored or have stilted dialogue after all).
- To have a proper role in the story (and that goes for minor characters too. The trick is to ensure your story cannot do without the characters, regardless of how major or otherwise their role is).
- To interact well with the other characters or, if confronting the villain, to put up a decent fight, verbal or otherwise.
- To be shown with weaknesses, virtues, a sense of humour and tastes in music, food, film etc and generally anything that shows them as fully rounded. The trick is to convince your readers these people could exist.
- To finish the story having developed or matured in some way. Characters need to make progress.
- To be unforgettable!
I'm Allison Symes and write fairytales with bite, especially novels and short stories.