So at the moment I've got three projects on the go. Ignoring one, that leaves the novel and a short. Just recently (the last chapter or so) I've found that my novel characters are becoming a bit... well, bland. I was confused at first - my characters are normally okay.
So, Blandy McBland, Third Heir in the line to Blandom (or, the hero of said novel (and no, I don't like the word hero)) is bland. Interesting McCool is swathy. Cool. Interesting. I like him (No. Not like that!).
So I looked, studied, and devoured my word. Why was Interesting McCool better than Blandy. Looking at actions, motive and delivery, they were all fine. It was the dialogue.