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Tips For Creating Compelling Characters

Tips For Creating Compelling CharactersT

Characters are key:

You can’t have conflict without characters. We try our best to put ourselves in their shoes. These characters have to be flawed in some way. They also face some difficulty and overcome them. Our protagonists have to be three-dimensional characters with strengths and weaknesses. They need to stumble and fall then rise in the course of your story.

The plot comes from your character:

Get to know your characters before you write your story. Picture your character in your mind and answer these questions about them:

What’s their name?

How old are they?

Where do they live?

Are they in a relationship?

Do they want to be in a relationship with someone?

Are they married?

Do they have children?

Do they have pets?

What do they do for a living?

What do they like to do in their spare time?

What’s their ambition?

What’s their best and worst quality?

What do they like?

What do they dislike?

How do they speak?

How do they walk and move?

What do they fear?

What embarrasses them?

What do they regret?

What’s their favourite drink?

What’s their favourite food?

Who’s their favourite person?

What’s their most prized possession?

Which 3 words would you use to describe them?

Are they poor, middle class or rich?

What conflict will this character least like to face?

How does your character try to resolve this conflict?

What consequences or additional conflict does this create for the characters around them?

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What do you do to create characters? Do you have any tips to share regarding creating characters? How do you get to know your characters? Let me know by commenting below!

 

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