Hope we helped somewhat, empresstheresa.
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It's true. There's no rush. This thread is dead.
I was just getting started. There's a hell of a lot more to say about Theresa, and I have written a hell of a lot more about her on another forum ( nearly six thousand views so far over there, only one negative post, from somebody who never posted again )
Even I didn't expect she would have so many sides to her when I wrote her story. But people who write zombie and vampire stories wouldn't be interested.
Do events create the person? I don't think so.
At any rate, you need your character's experiences to shape the person they are.
Change sends the right message. People want to feel like the person they are might not be the person they end up as for any number of reasons.
So people want to feel that life experiences will change them? What if life experiences make them worse off than before?
You need to look on a higher plane, Cadence.
Read a book. Work out how the character changed. Read another. Work out how the character changed. Then another. Work out how the character changed. You'll quickly realise that all characters need to change. Otherwise, they are internally inanimate, and thus boring.
People do things they know they shouldn't for various reasons. I have a character I'm writing about who is a good person and just wants to settle down on a farm and live a quiet life. She ends up killing thousands of people and rips a continent in half because she has been manipulated by evil forces that caught her at an all time low;
"I know lifes a bit crap, but if you do it our why I promise it will get better."
"You sure about this?"
"We also have cake. Only nice people have cake."
She doesn't recover from her mistakes until the very end when she realises what she's done (when it's too late) and then sets about trying to mend what she broke.
To Kill a Mockingbird's lawyer hero father Atticus Finch and his children, nine year old daughter Scout, and 13 year old son Jem, don't change, but they're fascinating to watch. Oh sure, they learn something, but THEY don't change.