Ever meet a character that stays with you after you've closed the book? She follows you around for a few days-maybe months and you feel a bit of regret that the book was done. You can only hope for a sequel!
There was something in her adventure that came through and made you believe for a bit that she was a real live person. You connected with her emotions, thoughts and actions. The author did such a good job of it that you just don't want to let her go. That character is now like an old friend you want to check in on now and then. The big question is; HOW DID THEY DO THAT?
I want to create that kind of a character! I want readers to fall in love, hate or awe of my character, but how? I think the closest I ever came to this was when I reincarnated a woman as a chihuahua. In that story we saw how tough a tiny dog's life could be from the mouths of dog. (it was posted here a while ago) The people who read this story sent me emails filled with fear, anger and PASSION! They expressed raw emotions at the adventures of this little dog and cheered her on. So, why can't I do that in every book? (Too bad I can't find an agent you loves chihuahuas!)
Back to spoiled Scarlet from Gone with the Wind. Through the whole story this girl stays self centered with a small edge of meanness around some of her actions. Yet, we can't let her go. I hated Scarlet, admired her and watched in awe as she always came out on top. I wanted to hit Ret over the head for wasting his time on this bitch because she was never going to change and then there was poor dumb Ashley. I didn't see the attraction Scarlet had for him but who's to question love? Gone With the Wind stands strong even today becuse of these over the top characters but how did she do it?
Someone? Please? How do you evoke passionate responses to your characters? I need to know this magic formula so agents and editors will swoon at my work. I want them to laugh out loud, weep with desperation and cheer my girl onto the end. Well?