My friend Michael Hauge has an optimistic understanding of character development: characters don’t change randomly in a story, from a person who liked banking into a person who likes music, or a person with fear to a person with courage. They move gravitationally, towards a fuller expression of their (ignored, forsaken) true self.
I am currently reading The Art Of Fielding. One of the many things I love is its leisurely, thoughtful pace. How tenderly and carefully every detail is observed and recorded. This could only happen if the writer was patient, and paying attention, and not running, dogs at her heels, as I have been running for much of my life.