I apologize if everyone’s already read this, but I’m desperately battling back illness right now and don’t have the brains to come up with original material. This article from Writer’s Digest helped me to work out some of the details on my main character and her journey during NaNoWriMo last month. Hopefully you’ll find it as useful!
5 Moral Dilemmas That Make Characters (& Stories!) Better
Readers can’t resist turning pages when characters are facing tough choices. Use these 5 keys to weave moral dilemmas into your stories—and watch your fiction climb to new heights.
Key #1: Give Your Character Dueling Desires.
Before our characters can face difficult moral decisions, we need to give them beliefs that matter: The assassin has his own moral code not to harm women or children, the missionary would rather die than renounce his faith, the father would sacrifice everything to pay the ransom to save his daughter.
A character without an attitude, without a spine, without convictions, is one who will be hard for readers to cheer for and easy for them to forget.
So, to create an intriguing character facing meaningful and difficult choices, give her two equally strong convictions that can be placed in opposition to each other.