I was invited to be a guest poster on Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile’s site, talking on the topic of building characters in fiction: how to make them interesting, without resorting to giving them, say, an eye patch.*
Excerpt: “Asked to read a first draft, a beta reader informed me: ‘It’s okay, but your main character doesn’t have enough flaws.’ A second reader said of the same draft replied, ‘She has too many flaws!’ This led me to ask the question: When is your lead character sufficiently flawed enough to be interesting, but not too much that it alienates the reader? In the case of Sherlock Holmes, the character does heroin for a little while, either for undercover work or for fun/addiction, but only enough to make him dark and edgy. Watson, the reader’s relatable guide, dries him out. You can make you character an alcoholic, but at some point the character has to remain vertical long enough to solve a crime…”
(*Disclaimer – I love eye patches!)
Another solution might be to give your character an adorable companion… like say a puppy… or forty-four meerkats.
Shameless Plug: Meerkat Murders by R. J. Corgan is coming in Summer 2019!!