Authors develop characters in a variety of ways, but the truth is that a good character must be:
KNOWN (even if they are misunderstood and mysterious)
CONSISTENT (even if they are consistently inconsistent)
Some authors go to great lengths to complete character profiles.
Other authors laugh at such exercises (since they never appear in the novel.)
However, you accomplish it, as an author you should know your characters.
Listen to Howard Gardner here:
1. Contemplate where your novel characters would fit on this chart.
2. Listen to this video lecture:
Howard Gardner Speaks at Hunter College’s Creative Writing Center
about “Wit and Grit.” (There’s a link below.)
3. Check out Howard Gardner’s newest book.