You may have the best story line in the world, but if your characters are two dimensional and unbelievable no one will read your fiction.
Good fiction contains complex and interesting characters complete with quirks.
So today I'm sharing a,
can the reader identify with the lead character checklist.
1. Is the lead believable? Can the reader imagine that in the right circumstances and in a similiar situation they may make the same sort of choices?
2. Does the lead appear to be a real human being? Do they struggle with everyday life problems?
3. Have you made sure they are not perfect and have fears?
4. What does your lead character do and think that makes them like real people?
If you are worried that your lead character is simply not right, how can you fix it?
Put your character in jeopardy.
Give them hardship, think of Clarence in Silence of the Lambs, troubled childhood, desperately trying to prove herself.
Make your lead the underdog. Charlie in Charlie in the Chocolate Factory, the odds of him winning were extreme. Apart from the clue to the reader that things would turn out alright because his name was in the title.
Vulnerability. Lots of Stephen Kings characters are slightly vulnerable people pushed into supernatural circumstances. Look at the children in IT, Danny in The Shining.
Lastly make them likeable by doing likeable things. I think one of the best examples of a flawed likeable lead is the central character Mike, in The Magic Cottage by James Herbert.