I've really been digging into how to create and write good characters. A friend recently told me that he thought my characters were a bit flat, so I'm trying to change that. A lot of books on young adult characters talk about the author trying to remember what they were like as teens. But, I really feel that my youth was pretty far beyond what the typical experience of teen males is. My dad was schizophrenic violent and unreliable, my mom blind and deaf, I was raised in an extremely fundamentalist cult (church and school) as a closeted gay kid, etc. So, I worry if I can connect to the average teen male. So, what do I do?