Creating Character Empathy, Part One: having empathy as a writer

If a writer feels nothing for her characters, how can we expect the reader to feel something? Our lack of emotional investment will show on the page. Our characters will feel wooden, stereotypical, and lacking in life. Here are some ideas for developing empathy with your characters. 1. Know your characterTo feel empathy for our characters, we need to know them like we know our best friends in real life. We need to know their strengths, flaws, quirks, fears, insecurities, and what makes them laugh Karen Schravemade