Everyone has fears. Some things made us so afraid they are phobias and have clinical names for them. Pediaphobia – fear of dolls. Claustrophobia – fear of closed places. Or my personal fear – Gephyrophobia – fear of crossing bridges.
As writers we need to give our characters fears too. How they deal with them is what shows what they are made of – do they let their fears dictate their lives, do they get help, or do they use immersion therapy to deal with them. Immersion therapy is when you face your fears head on, surrounding yourself with dolls, locking yourself in the closet, or going over a dozen bridges in one day to get over your fear.
If you are a reader, do you like your characters in your books to have some fear to make them human?
If you are a writer, do you add fear to your character’s make-up to make them three-dimensional and real?