There's a lot of discussion on how to create a relatable character in the posts below, as well as essays on what makes character's strong, and ideas on how to create well rounded characters. There are analyses on the relationship between character and plot, the breakdown on when it's okay not to have a huge character arc, and on building your main character through secondary characters. As always, there's a wealth of information in the AYAP archives... and we've collected the best of it below.
"Great story = solid writing + compelling, flawed character with real problem and deep wound + active plot + meaningful theme + fascinating setting + modern pacing." - Martina Boone
"Please, dear writers of YA fiction, please consider coloring your characters without fear of criticism. Write them with the same conscientious mindset you give to creating any of your characters." - Lynn Joseph
"it is your job as a writer to bring them out and make them breathe. They can't just float around like the astronauts do in space on thin tethers. They must have background, context." - Kathryn Lasky
What do you think? Was there any advice that particularly resonated with you? Any posts you think we've missed that should be on this list?
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