Your job as writer is to torture your protagonist. Put obstacles in his path. Make life difficult for him, make him work for everything he wants.
It’s easy to forget how natural and common violence truly is. People use violence, simply because it works. Here’s all you need to know to writer a fighter
The archetype is the foundation of a character. He is the groundwork onto which the writer builds layers of personality.
A story is about a problem. Your protagonist is the one experiencing the problem. Why? Because you, the writer, has designed him for it. The bigger the problem is, the bigger the person has to be, to be capable of resolving it. That’s why only your protagonist can resolve your story-worthy problem.
Questions about characters to ask yourself as you revise your work and prepare to make the final touches before sending it out.
Martha Beck (life coach) wrote a book (The Four Day Win, 2007) and dug into the world of science and looked into data from social sciences to discover the process people go through when changing their lives. She uncovered the Transtheoretical Mode of Change, which is pretty damn handy when writing a book, to make sure you have believable character transformation.