Creating Memorable Characters

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What makes a character memorable? Why do some characters become so alive on the page we stick with them, turning page after page until the end of the story, and why do we, twenty years later, we still remember them?

Most of us have heard of the Mary Sue character. She’s pretty, young, and innocent. She’s smart and usually knows what to do, or can figure it out with little trouble. She doesn’t swear and treats…