You’ve all heard me say “I didn’t think the characters were well-developed” in a book review before, and I’ve gotten a request to tell you just what that means. It entails the character having qualities that
Of course I would love to tell you, and if you ever find yourself disagreeing with me over a character’s development, you can see if what you require for well-development is the same as what I require.
My Well-Development Checklist
– The character has a well-developed background. This might include family members (deceased or living doesn’t matter), friends, special interests, or special talents.
– The character has a set appearance. I can envision them in my head.
– The character has a distinct personality. They have certain likes/dislikes, special interests, and personal taste in many categories.
– The character makes me feel emotions. Whether I’m annoyed at them or sad for them, they have the power to make me feel that way.
– The character has at least one flaw.
– I can sympathize with the character in at least one aspect. This is very broad.
– The character has a certain perspective on the world that is unique.
If only one or two (or sometimes three) of these are applicable to the character, I do not consider them very well-developed.
If three or four or five of these are applicable to the character, I consider them well-developed – with a few holes.
If six or seven or these are applicable to the character, I consider them very well-developed.
I hoped that helped show a little clarity on what well-developed-ness means to me. :)
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