I don't think that I have ever created a character that was really likable AND memorable as well. If I have, no body thought to clue me in on this, because that would have been helpful. I think of the many memorable characters from books I've read, movies I've seen, and they really have IT. I can look at these characters and it is as if they are real beings. THAT is excellent writing! As much as I admire these works, I refuse to try and copy these characters in any way shape or form. What I do is simple, I come up with a character, and I tell the story of their life, or parts of it at least. It is, after all life experiences/decisions and the memories that follow that help to mold us into who we become later on, so why not do the same for a story? But in doing so, I don't believe-it doesn't seem that I've captured the IT that would make them likable and memorable. I've read, seen videos from authors/directors and listened to what they put into characters, the why and the whole process that brought them to life, and while that is inspiring I think I must have missed something along the way, a key element perhaps because in truth I'm really eager to get make this cake, but my bread won't rise. So what do you do to make your character likable and oh so memorable? How do you draw in the reader, take them on that wonderful journey and have them still remember it later on?