Much better today. No temp and am feeling almost normal. Can think again too. Thanks for your concerns.
Now to characters...
Three questions readers are going to ask about your story:
1. So what? (Why should I read this?)
2. Oh yeah? (I don't believe anyone would do that, or that was to convenient.)
3. Huh? (What the bleep is happening? Who's saying/doing that?)
All of these can cause the reader to choose another book. And we don't want that to happen.
Characters in scenes:
1. Who must be there?
2. Who might be there?
3. Who has been there?
Types of characters:
1. Major - these are the characters you want the reader to connect with The ones who's activities and desires/motives drive the story. The hero, heroine, antagonist, protagonist.
2. Minor - these are secondary characters. Friends of the major characters or possibly co-workers. They are part of the story but the story doesn't focus on them.
3. Walk-ons - these are your spear-carriers. Store clerks, the waitress and so on. They are in the background. Many times they don't even have a name.
Here's a couple questions to think about.
What's your character's motivation?
What is his or here goal and what will they do to reach it?
What will they not do, what are their limits?
The more you know about your characters, the better you can write them. The better you can show them to the reader and that means the better the reader will connect with them.
Oh...I've got to pull up some files from my old puter but I'll try to get that info out tomorrow...this weekend for sure.
And, on more personal note...the fall issue of Mysterical-e has a short story of mine in it called Up In Smoke. This was my first try at first person POV and written about a year ago. If you need a break, click on over and check it out.