Though they’re numbered, they aren’t really in a particular order…
10 – Trustworthy – I write romances, so this is a big one. If the hero and heroine can’t trust each other, there’s a big problem. I try to write characters who are there for each other, there for their families and friends, who are someone who can be counted on, no matter what.
9 – Artistic – I love to write artists… Don’t really know why. Maybe it’s because I don’t have an artistic bone in my body, although I certainly wish I did. It is certainly a trait I admire – in what I write, in what I read, and in real life.
8 – Confident – Oh, confidence is sexy. Not saying the character doesn’t have moments of insecurity. They most certainly do, but whether it’s something that develops as the character grows, or it’s confidences in a specific aspect of their life or with themselves, I find that very, very appealing.
7 – Honest – I don’t like liars, so I certainly don’t like writing them. Also, I like writing characters who are honest with themselves…even if it takes them a while to get there.
6 – Persistent – I don’t want to write people who give up easily. I want them to fight for what they want and need. So much more satisfying that way. 🙂
5 – Creative – Not the same as artistic. It could be creative in how they show they love someone, how they solve a problem, how they talk to their lover, how they are in bed…
4 – Sensual – Kind of a must for erotic romance. 😉 But I really like to write characters who explore that side of themselves.
3 – Humorous – I LOVE a sense of humor. I try to write characters who have one. LOL Who like to have fun and laugh.
2 – Empathetic – Being able to understand and express emotion is a big character trait I love to write. Even the struggle to be empathetic is awesome to explore on the page.
1 – Strong – I don’t necessarily mean physically strong here. For example, there’s nothing wrong with heroine who kicks ass and takes name, but a heroine who isn’t that, but stands up for who she is and what she believes, and loves passionately and goes after what she wants…she is no less strong, IMO. I definitely tend to focus more on the emotional/internal strength than physical, I think.
BONUS – Emotionally Broken – I don’t know a better way to phrase this, but it has been brought to my attention frequently (LOL) that I “break” my characters. Now, I love me some angst and pain, I will admit that. But books that have that in abundance are, for me, the most satisfying to write. To take a character through a trauma and have them at their lowest (or close to) and then write their rise from that, the re-building of themselves….OMG…it’s the best. 🙂