You will create many different types of characters in order to flesh out your story. Obviously, the protagonist – hero or anti-hero – is your main character and deserves the most attention. However, most stories also include an antagonist, hopefully a villain that is complex and layered, and then there's the plethora of supporting characters – friends and rivals, even symbolic and nonhuman characters – that are essential to moving the story forward. When creating characters – main and supporting – it's helpful to explore them through writing exercises. These five character exercises are designed to help you develop and strengthen your characters. Give them a try; you never know what treasures you might discover.