So, wtf? Have you ever gotten in an argument with one of your characters? I know we all love or hate our characters in some way or another, but have you actually bitched out your MC? Like, &*@##%$ die you dumb character. Who ever thought of you anyway?
Then, you realize, Oh, I did. Good times, good times. This is where you discover the character flaws in your character. Not the flaws in them as a person, like we have, the flaws in the sense that the character is not whole, the character is undeveloped. I looked over my MC's notes, all three pages, and was scratching my head out of confusion. Minutes later, I was stabbing my eyes out with a pencil. Okay, not. I was frustrated though. The plot was going along smoothly and the character was doing a good job dealing with everything I threw at him. Then, we hit a wall.
I sat there for hours. Yes, hours, I am sure you know the feeling. It took that long to pinpoint the problem: my character was not developed enough to handle the situation I was creating.
I continued looking at my character profile and tried to think deeper than the fact that Scottie is sixteen, wears polos, and has social issues.
Think, think, think.
So, today, Scottie and I are spending some QT together and if we don't come to an understanding, well, I am not afraid to use the delete button.
Edit: So here's an awesome post from Frankie Diane Mallis that touches on all the right spots. (Does that sound bad?)