Ask yourself this: what do my characters want? Not just your main character, which is a huge ginormous duh. You know, the other guys running around in your world.
Recently I watched a very funny BBC sitcom called ‘Whites’ which features a dysfunctional kitchen crew in a high-end eatery. In this show, every character has wants:
- Roland wants Caroline
- Bibs wants a baby
- Skoose wants Bib’s job
- Kiki wants Skoose
- Caroline want slacker Roland to work harder and be more open-minded with his menu
- Celia want Roland
Some of these are big wants, some are small wants. But they all want something. It’s a great way to add definition to your characters: give them some wants.