Guest post by Joshua Robinson
How to Make Your Characters Interesting
The secret to a successful and engaging book lies in its live, realistic and interesting characters! Bright characters attract readers. What should the character be to cause interest? All good authors understand that the heroes of their works should be just as unique, inconsistent and contradictory as real people because all of these contradictions are exactly what creates a character personality. This is what allows you to breathe life into your heroes. Besides, such contradictions make a good character an interesting personality that readers want to know more closely, striving to “live” through the book’s plot together with him and share experiences.
How to make a character interesting? From this article, you will learn about the basic principles of story writing and find some of the best character ideas that will help you create an engaging book that people will love!
How to Create Your Character
This is a long process that will require lots of creativity and brainstorming, but if you follow the tips provided below, you will handle this task easily and quickly!
- Define the genre that is close to you – the first step of your process requires you to determine whether you are going to create a dramatic, fantasy, love, humorous or adventure story. Why is this important? The main rule is to keep the harmony between the plot and your characters, and this is why you need to have at least a general understanding of the plot before you can come up with some good ideas!
- Define the hero’s role. Will it be the main or an auxiliary, positive or negative personality? If you can identify the role of a new hero in advance, it will be easier for you to create a personality suitable for this role.
- Think of the main traits. At this stage of the process, you should define what good character traits your person should have and also think of his appearance (age, hair, eyes); try to consider him as a new acquaintance, which you are trying to learn more closely. Make these traits relevant to his role. Then add some character flaws – but again, always try to keep the balance or you risk making your hero too unnatural.
- Think over the hero’s past. Your hero will only look complete and wholesome personality if you tell the reader about certain past events that determined his present. To make him more mysterious – he may keep a terrible secret from his past. Try to add as many details as possible. Without hesitation, add new traits and details, even if you are already in the process of writing a story – the main thing is not to forget to go back to the very beginning and change everything that does not fit to the adjusted character.
- Develop the hero along with the development of the plot. The events that take place in the story bring your heroes new experience and memories, influence their thoughts, actions and attitudes.
- Don’t tell; show! Do not be too straightforward! Instead of telling the reader who is the particular person directly, use his actions and dialogues to give readers the clues that will help them to find the answers on their own. If you devote a long paragraph to describing the nature and appearance of the hero, this can make your story unnatural and thus, you should try to make every personality an organic part of your story.
What Are The Main Tips To Keep In Mind?
If you follow the steps described above, you will easily create a unique and engaging hero for your story, but here are a few more practical tips to keep in mind:
- Visualization is a great creativity-booster – if you have such a possibility, try to draw every person that you want to include in your plot;
- No one can be absolutely negative or positive – it looks unnatural and uninteresting if your heroes are either bad or completely good, and that is why you should always keep the balance;
- Seek inspiration in people who surround you – often, observing the behavior of those who surround you is the best source of inspiration and fresh ideas for your story;
- Try to pay special attention to conversations – make sure that the personality of your hero is clearly seen in his manner of speech, it is not easy to create such connection but if you manage to do this – you are doomed to succeed;
- Be attentive to details – do not allow your characters do or say something that contradicts with their life goals, values, beliefs and personality or it will not look realistic!
Follow all of these tips and the whole process will get much simpler! And, after some practice, you will gain the literary flair that will help you make your stories even more natural and live!
Author’s Bio: This post is written Joshua Robinson a creative writer, who also works part-time as a professional academic assistant for students at https://australianwritings.com.au. Joshua has written several short stories and books. He claims that one of the hardest steps in creating a good story is making interesting characters. In this article, Joshua shares his own tips and tricks that will help you create original and creative characters with ease!