I've been reading a lot lately about how agents/editors want to see how your characters grow or change over time. So I've been going back over what I've written so far in my WIP to see if I've started doing this. Now I'm smack dab in the middle of my book, so the overall growth isn't apparent yet. But I am a little concerned because I've figured out that my mc has not changed very much since the beginning. *sighs*
So I went back to a book that I read over the summer called Characters and Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card. I flipped through and read some of the parts that I highlighted and found a chapter about transformations. Card said that there are three themes when it comes to characters in fiction.
1. YOU CAN'T CHANGE
**Your stories can include characters who do not change over the course of your story.
**Your stories can have characters who appear to change but in reality are just being true to themselves (before they were pretending to be one thing or they did not have the opportunity to reveal their true selves).
**Your stories could be about people who cannot change until they figure out their true nature (when they figure this out they change their outward lives to reflect their newly discovered inner self).
2. OTHER THINGS CHANGE YOU
**Characters in your stories can change because of their drives and desires .
**Characters change because of the way they're treated by other characters.
3. YOU CHANGE YOURSELF
**Characters can change themselves because of an act of will.
Now at first glance I thought my mc would have to change the most because of the second theme. She has a lot of external factors forcing her hand right now and I think I can play this up more. But the third theme is one that I want to explore with her. I think this will really help readers click more with her on a personal level. But the next thing I have to consider is how to justify these changes. And that's for another post:)
So what do you think about the themes for character change that Card has given? Do you think they could really help in making your characters more believable and sympathetic?