First I want to go on record as saying that I really did plan this post out on Monday. Before Kiersten White's wonderful post on Characterization yesterday. So, this will be nothing as Earth shattering, but hopefully a little insight for you from my view. :0)
Yes, I used the naughty word....not the L-O-V-E word. :0) Because if you heart your character too much, she's not going to change a whole lot. Lust is where you think your character is made of perfection, ready to entice any reader. That's great for your first draft. But now that it's time to revise...what about your character's flaws? More important than even their favorite color or type of music...what makes your character NOT perfect? What irritates them?
Flaws are important. And not just the big, main flaw. Little things. Biting fingernails, too loud laughter, crooked tooth, lazy eye, short tempered, impatient, clumsy....the list goes on and on. But again, don't get into listing mode in your manuscript. Show these things slowly, weave them in cleverly throughout the story in more than just dialogue. And you can't necessarily pick at random, you have to really think about what flaws would be empathized with, what flaws or pet peeves would add an element to your story, rather than take away from it?
We want memorable characters. Take a moment to remember a character in your life. Who pops out? What were their flaws that bugged you, but you still loved them? What about friends. Do you know a couple and wonder how in the world they get along? Memorable.
So, any other questions about characterization? Something you haven't already read? I don't want to beat a dead horse, so we'll see how the discussion goes before I post anything else on that subject. :0)