The reader should be able to identify with a least some of the facets of a characters personality. This could be through a feeling of empathy, compassion, humour, or at the other end of the scale it could be through sheer revulsion. It all depends on the type of story the writer has created. In the first instance it might apply to a romantic novel or the latter perhaps a murder mystery. The author should lure the reader in with a powerful opening chapter, without giving away too many secrets at the beginning.
A strong character will draw the reader into their exclusive world, creating powerful images through the readers’ own imagination. The character should ultimately feel real, and leave the person holding the book hungry to know more about them and their lives.
The most convincing characters are based on the authors own observations of life, relationships with people, and situations they have encountered over the years. A compelling character will have strengths and weaknesses, which govern their actions and lead them into interesting scenarios, and if applicable dangerous ones.
Reading is a form of personal entertainment, a perfect way to escape from the stresses of everyday life and unwind. Writing on the other hand is an art form, a way to express emotions, desires, explore our inner most feelings, and ultimately create a written masterpiece from the depths of our imaginations.
And finally a writer should also be an avid reader, to learn and grow as an author.