We fall into patterns. Habits. Roles. You’re the Helper, the Joker, the Troublemaker, the Listener, the Idiot, the Object of Desire–what more can you think of? Which role is yours? Take a wild guess at my role back in college.
Now, I’d like to break out of the Insecure Writer role I’ve cast myself into, but how do you do that without sounding like Smug Git Writer?
And then there are the roles for our characters. Are they rounded or flat? Cut with many facets or smooth and polished? Are your characters in the right role or are you trying to turn characters into something they aren’t? How can you tell?
What do you do to make sure your characters are true?