In writing the novel, there is a difference between characterization and character.
Characterization is a list of attributes that describes your character, including how she looks, her skills, her physical capabilities, values and ingrained standards. These traits are the sort of things that we know about our acquaintances, for example. They are important for your story, but they are nonetheless superficial.
They do not define true character.
True character is the essence of the person. Character is the part that remains when the surface is peeled away. Read More…