To call a character ‘sympathetic’ is one of those descriptors that’s very nearly lost its meaning as people use it as a substitute for ‘likeable’ or ‘realistic’. It is not, however, a dead letter, and it represents an admirable, indeed very nearly mandatory goal for the writer. A character that’s sympathetic is one that we … More Sympathetic Characters.
In your world, your characters are established as very real living, breathing beings. This means that they should have complex histories and personalities. It’s very important that you keep that in mind and that you remain true to that as you write. What do I mean by remaining true to them?