pas·sion (p sh n). n. 1. A powerful emotion, such as love, joy, hatred, or anger (via The Free Dictionary)
As a writer, it’s safe to say that I view my characters as living, breathing people. I created these guys from scratch. I built their worlds, I formed their histories, and I hold their lives in the palm of my hand. I know what makes them tick. I know their quirks. I know how they spend their free time. When you truly invest yourself in a story, you should know these things.
We’ll use Only Human as an example. Elaina’s birthday is June 29. Her middle name is “Joy,” which was her grandmother’s name. She’d live off mochas and muffins if she thought she could get away with it. Her childhood sweetheart broke her heart, and even though she hates him for it, part of her will always love him. She cries over animal cruelty commercials. Her favorite book is The Outsiders.
All of those facts came to me with no thought, because I know Elaina as if she’s my best friend. I could go on and on, but my point is this: you have to breathe life into your characters. Whether it’s the good guy or the villain, you have to have passion for these people you create. That passion can be in the form of love or hate. That’s what will make them jump off the page. That’s what makes you eager to tell their story, and in turn, that’s what will make the reader eager to know more.