What does this mean to you? I've always heard this thrown about and have never really given it a lot of thought. It's simple: just create some believable characters and there you go, why all the DEEP THOUGHTS?
But then I had an epiphany.
I was doing some revising, thanks to my crit group, and I came to a passage where I was changing a character's reactions and his motivation. This character is named Balthazar. It suddenly dawned on me.
Balthazar wouldn't say that. He would be more serious and grave, almost threatening.
And that's when it clicked. Sure, it's a small thing, but it was the first time I ever really felt it with one of my characters. It was looking at the scene in a new way, from Balthazar's point of view and saying, No what would he REALLY do in this situation? Don't just gloss over it.
Sure, this may not be a great revelation to some of you, but for me, it was progress. It was especially enlightening because the passage I changed was one that I have had from the book's first incarnation, a year and a half ago. Me: "I can't change that passage. That's the way it's always been. If I change it, oh my God, what will happen then?"
Just let go.....
So, I don't know if I expressed this very well, but if you understand my babbling, let me know how you feel about being true to your characters.