Unique but Likeable: the question of balance
A writer's issue I'm currently pondering: How do you ensure your characters are both unique but relatable, memorable but accessible, flawed but admirable?
As a writer of romance, that balance is key. Both mains need to be able to grow, but also be somewhat lovable from the beginning. They have to be attractive enough to have someone fall for them utterly but also flawed enough to be compelling.
I find the best way to sort this question out for me is to let the characters talk as I write, let them find their voices, and then I tweak who they are when I go back in for round two.
Who are some of your favorite flawed but wonderful characters?