The characters are more important than the plot. This one someone might debate with me, but I stand firm on it. If you have a good plot with really terrible characters you have a bad book. You need characters you can relate too or at least somewhat understand. If you have amazing characters with good character development and the stories plot line isn’t that great, you’re book is at least somewhat decent.
Life is a lot like this. Our life stories might not be the most interesting. We can’t all have the one in a million success stories that we hear about on TV. We all have interesting points in our lives, we all do amazing things, but our whole lives aren’t going to be filled with that kind of excitement, and that’s okay, our stories are still great, because we’re the lead characters and who we are is enough. We’re all interesting, we’re all unique, we all have amazing character development. Our lives are all worth reading.
Everything has a lesson. What’s the moral of the story? It’s a question you should have an answer to at the end of every book, if you don’t have one then I don’t know what kind of book you just wrote, but it’s probably not the most valuable piece of literature. Everything that happens in a story should lead to something else, every event should have lessons that we bring to the next plot point, just like everything that happens in our life should be learned from. The world is full of knowledge. Every mistake and every success promises more and more of it, if we ignore the lessons we aren’t ever going to develop our own stories.
Our pasts are just character development. If you learn from your past in the way you should, if our past is nothing more than a lesson, then it’s what makes our characters interesting. Some characters let their past destroy their futures, others start building something better on top of their pasts. We don’t have to live in our past anymore than our favorite hero’s, we can just use them to better ourselves.
Characters don’t grow without other characters. A ton of character growth is based off of listening/loving/debating other characters in the story. If we don’t talk to and listen to other people we won’t grow either. The most inspirational moments in a story are normally caught up in character dialog not internal monologue. It’s no different in real life. Talking to friends, family, to strangers, it’s important to our own growth.
Characters need something to fight for. Every good character is fighting for something, whatever it may be, they have a purpose. We need something to fight for too. It doesn’t have to be on a huge scale, you can be fighting for love, for honor, for recognition, but if we aren’t working towards something we aren’t going to get anywhere.