Yesterday I wrote a short essay for a blogspot. I called it, 'What did Sean Dermott Eat for Breakfast'. The piece was about the importance of having well developed characters.
Sean Dermott is the new police chief in my science fiction, 'Camouflage'. After spending months writing about him there came a time when I knew what he would say or do. His character had a sincerity that was flushed out with consistency. First he was created, and then there was a turning point where I could listen.
The answer to what Sean had for breakfast--a bowl of cold cereal and milk on the run-- is not crucial to the plot. But the fact that I know the answer to this and a variety of other random questions suggests he's a well thought out protagonist that readers may want to get to know.