However, as I drew out the tree, with ages, births, deaths, and other familial milestones, my characters became real people, with hope for their future, fears from their past, and desires for their present.
Medium NaNoWriMo Novel Prompt #1
Sarah Hammond

Love this. Our characters aren’t relatable until they are real. Even though stories can be set in different galaxies, in history, in the future, or anywhere that our imaginations can take us— all that matters is that the characters are developed and they appeal to the reader for some odd reason.