I actually have a TON of fantastic ideas with great, original plots and premise for stories.. Short stories, novellas, maybe full novels. The creativity there is no issue. The problem is that I'm simply failing to create multi-dimensional, realistic characters that the reader feels anything for, because I don't feel anything for them; they feel like a flat piece of cardboard. Anything other than "this character said this" and "this character reacted and said this then did this" is really difficult for me. I try to create likes and dislikes and memories/flashbacks with emotions that real people would feel and identify with, and it just doesn't feel right. It feels fake and forced and I know any competent reader would see right through it and get pulled out of a great plot because the characters are just terrible. I know it stems from a kind of introverted outlook on things. It's almost like I create the characters because I have to, but I really want the reader to recognize the greatness and imagination of the plot. Almost kind of like "look at my imaginative, clever brain!" It's not focused on the human condition, which is where I know it needs to be. I guess my question is, how do I break out of that and develop the characters that a great plot deserves? I'm absolutely capable of doing it, it just feels like this untraversable mountain that I'm trying to get around. I hope I explained my difficulty clearly enough.