Do your characters develop throughout your writing, if not you may be missing what's termed, "Character Archetypes," aka, "The Hero's Journey," one important element in shaping your characters!
... Reflecting on Joshua Creed's character and the lesson's I learned through at our Writer's Group.
Joshua's journey both real and imagined embraces the difficult choices and experiences faced by those suffering mental illness. Life engulfed in the darkened caves of solitude, ridden with anxiety, doubt and low self-esteem; it's hard to escape. The character Joshua Creed found his purpose within the world of his imagination, where he's the counted on by the creatures there to save the whole world. His journey becomes his reality and salvation, unfortunately many never find escape in the real world.
My purpose in writing my story is to help kids find relatable characters in a world chalked full of families, where kids struggle with divorce, mental illnesses, bullying and not being accepted as being different. As a teacher, it's imperative kids find characters they can walk through the story with, making connections and relating the whole time, growing with the characters. Also important is to build empathy in readers to help them gain understanding from the perspective of my character, enabling them to relate to others suffering from the same conditions. If I'm able to do both; I've won in the art of storytelling.
My heroes journey has only just begun, please continue to follow him through his prophecy, book 2 will be released this year.