Our first tip was have bold characters that are unique. The second tip was, once creating bold characters, make sure they have integrity and remain true to who they are. Character development is fine, but don’t have a silly character randomly get all serious, and don’t have a quiet character randomly give a speech.
And now, for tip #3.
Love your characters.
We all want readers to love our characters…and thus, the first thing we must do is become invested in our characters ourselves. I know it seems obvious, but it’s true.
How can we make readers care and feel for a character if we don’t take the time to do so ourselves? How can we portray characters with integrity to their character if we don’t THINK about how they would act in a certain situation?
If we want others to fall in love with our characters, we must do so ourselves.
There’s a serious temptation to for us to be unfaithful to our characters and wish that they would change; we don’t want to love them for who they are. Fight this temptation! You must love your characters for who they are. Characters can change…but not without reason. If you feel like changing a character just because you’re bored…then you don’t love your characters enough!
Love your characters. That’s how you make others love them.