In the process of reworking my current WIP, I’ve had to rework the heroine and hero too. The heroine needed her mean streak and hostility more defined and demonstrated in a way that fit her personality. The hero needed to leap from one-dimensional to three. In the original story, he’s like a life-size cardboard cutouts that gets moved from scene to scene. He had some personality, but no depth.
I did some brainstorming about him, trying to figure out what motivates him. Came up with some stuff, but still felt he was a little fuzzy around the edges. So had this idea to use the letters from his name to come up with words and/or phrases that fit his personality.
Here’s what I came up with for the heroine and hero:
Terrified of being vulnerable
Limits emotional contact with others
Estranged from family
Can’t stand profane language
Seeks out challenging relationships
Has trouble committing to long term relationships
This helped unfuzz my hero’s edges. I have a better picture of him now and can see him in all his three-dimensional hotness.
I challenge you to try this with your characters and post in the comments section.
Also, I know there’s a name for this. If you know what it is, please post it. Thanks.