- They want to be well rounded. All characters want this. Well let's face it, nobody really wants to be thought shallow, do they?
- They want to have decent dialogue. They won't want all the best lines going to the "enemy".
- They want to have enough to do. They don't want to be brought out for one scene and then be forgotten about.
- They want to be well developed in terms of having good relationships with others and so on. No cardboard cut-out characters, please.
- They want to be at least referred to by other characters. You are creating a fictional world, it has to seem real and just as we talk about friends/enemies behind their backs, it should happen fictionally too.
Back to the lists again but tonight, I look at what your character would wish for before they come to life on the printed page. I refer to main characters here, not the odd ones who do walk on for an odd scene and that's it with that being iall that is genuinely required of them. So what do your characters really want you to do for them then?
I'm Allison Symes and write fairytales with bite, especially novels and short stories.