on Writers Helping Writers:
Layering: the deepest, richest, most compellingaspect of character
We hear a lot of talk about “layering” as a storytelling device. The more layers a character has, the more complex and individual they are, allowing authors to sidestep cliché and create cast members that are interesting, unique, and compelling.
So let’s talk about some effective ways that we can use layering with our characters.