Start with the right character for his/her role. Don't use the typical character mold. Do keep some choices logical. Sometimes the differences are subtle.
Spice things up with a twist. How? Think about what the reader expects your character to do, then change that reaction or have them go in a different direction. Not too often--maybe a couple times in the story. We want a fun character twist, not frustrated readers. Give readers what they expect, but not in the way they expect it. Simply make things worse. Reveal a secret the character is hiding. Or use the admired character to end up as the villain (think explorer Charles Muntz in the movie UP). It's a classic twist to turn someone into a twisted character. And readers love it when done well.
Take a character that hinted at growth from his experiences, but suddenly we see the new coat of paint.
Which 'character' fits better as a cowboy? An executive? Put that character into an opposite setting and see the new reaction.
When brainstorming for new ideas for your story, look at one of your characters as a way to make the plot more interesting. A new analysis of your characters could spark your creativity and keep you on track. Keep chuggin' along and start doing the twist!
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