Every author, indeed every creator of characters big or small, confronts questions about the natures of their characters. Hacks like Stephenie Meyer ask themselves how they can make their characters even more idiotic in pursuit of an agenda without making it obvious to the blind fools they depend on for subsistence. Good authors like Stephen King (and myself, I will admit I like to think) like to ask how they can make the reader care enough about the characters that the reader cares what happens to them.
Like a lot of authors who construct not only events and scenarios but entire worlds, I have a legion of characters that I have to think up a history and life for. And the way characters develop is also a rather surprising thing. When I wrote the second of the novels that make up the first arc in the world I have made, I did not realise until a reader pointed it out to me that the Mage named Herimír did not say a peep throughout the story. Which in turn made me begin to ask questions about the role Mages play in the world, and what makes them Mages.
As I have hinted at before, I also have characters that are proxies for myself. They are representations of one aspect or another of me that forms a large part of what I want to convey in my writings. That is why, after a group of perverted asshole ruralists put Linula through a proverbial wringer because they disapprove of her way of living life, she curses one of them with a condition that sort of resembles AIDS’ bigger, uglier brother. That is why, after witnessing decent people endure abuse at the hands of others, Kronisk turns into a dark giant of rage, psychologically nails peoples’ feet to the ground, or convinces people that they are so itchy that they will tear their own skin off.
The hardest part of writing a character, unfortunately, is making them Human. Every author has to fight the temptation to make their character too powerful to be fukked with, so to speak. The creators of Superman encountered exactly this problem early on in the life of the character. Kryptonite was invented by them as a solution to that issue.
Exploring characters as people can be so very rewarding. Not just for the author, but also the audience. The Masters Of The Universe animated series contains some great examples of this. But the point is that an author’s feelings tend to get mixed up in the character.