A common criticism of fiction — be it in film, television, or novels — is often laid against characters seen as “flat” or “two-dimensional.” Modern audiences know when a protagonist or supporting character isn’t interesting, based on their own lack of emotional investment in that character’s journey. Rightfully fearing this criticism, a lot of new authors are compelled to ensure that their protagonist is a dynamic character. However, as many editors will attest (and as some authors will admit), there is often confusion between “well-written characters” and “dynamic characters” — which are not always one and the same.
Reedsy recently published a great post on creating a dynamic character. I am sharing the respective infographic here and strongly urge you to check out the complete post on Reedsy, where they take a look at what dynamic characters are, how they differ from static characters, what forms their narratives can take, and how authors can write them into their books.