Larry Brooks writes about 7 key characterization variables. Take your main characters and see if you can see all seven in your character.
- Surface affectations and personality. It's what the world sees about a character.
- Backstory. What happened to the character before the story begins. A lot of backstory will only be known by the author and never written into the story
- Character arc. How the character learns lessons and grows.
- Inner demons and conflicts. What holds the character back and defines what he does, thinks and believes.
- Worldview-the manifested outcome of the character's backstory and demons
- Goals and motivations. What drives the character.
- Decisions, actions and behaviors. The ultimate decisions, actions, and behaviors that are the sum of all the others
How well have you been able to manipute variables 1-6 to create characters that make believable decisions, do believable things and behave in a believable way?