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EXCERPT from "M&Ms for Characters" by Sharon Mignerey in Many Genres, One Craft: Lessons in Writing Popular Fiction:
Most of the fiction writers I know have read numerous books on character development that espouse all sorts of advice. Most of that advice boils down to making sure character development includes two things: milieu and motivation, or as I like to call them, M&Ms.
As writers, we want the same thing in characters that readers do -- compelling people who are remembered long after the book is finished. These are characters who have a significant need, longing, or desire that is recognizable to readers, who have problems to overcome, and who create a sense of identification with readers.
Sharon Mignerey (www.sharonmignerey.com) has written books for Silhouette Intimate Moments, Zebra, and Steeple Hill Love-Inspired Suspense. A self-confessed dreamer, Sharon knows the only way to make dreams come true is to work diligently toward their achievement, like her master's degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill. Sharon's books have won The Golden Heart, the National Readers Choice Award, and the CRW Keeper Award. She's active in RWA chapters in Texas and Colorado. She was named the 2003 Writer of the Year by Colorado Romance Writers and the 2000 Writer of the Year by Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers.