‘The place where you made your stand never mattered. Only that you were there…and still on your feet.’ Stephen King
Readers do not want to read books about eternal cowards, characters who avoid problems, and people who never learn to fight back.
As a reader, I am not looking for superman in every character, but I do want characters to find that extraordinary something they never knew they had, or to admit that they will never have it. I want them to make a stand. If they don’t, I feel as if I am watching a tacky reality television show where nothing changes. But how do novelists get characters to make this stand?
If you are struggling to get your character to show his true colours, here are three ways to force your hero to act: