I need to know my characters a little better.

After getting some feedback from two of my loyal readers, I realized that my characters do not have enough depth.  Most of them go through some transformation, which is consistent with the theme of the book, but that by itself does not make them real.

I've decided to try two things:

1.  Interview my main characters, a technique suggested by a writer named Tina Morgan.  I read an article she posted on the 'FictionFactor' website.
2.  Assign a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) to each of my main characters.  The Myers-Briggs types categorize people on four dynamics (introvert or extrovert, sensing or intuitive, thinking or feeling, judging or perceptive).

This is going to take some time, but I think it will be worth it. 

How do you gauge characters in fiction?  What makes them real to you?


 


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