Characters are the beloved parts of our book that we can hold close to our hearts or ultimately hate with a dark passion. They are memorable in ways that can make us laugh when thinking about them or cry out tears for their death. Although characters stick out in your mind, and seem easy to remember, they aren’t as easy to write as you may think.
Writing characters is one of the hardest parts about a book (short story, novel, ect.). In order to have a strong character that readers will love and cherish forever, you must know them like they’re your best friend, except you need to know them better! There is more to writing characters than meets the mere eye, and unless you know their inside feelings and outward appearance better than you know yourself, you are going to have a hole in their personality. Today I will give you a helpful trick to use that will build a character.
There are three rules you must follow at least a few times a week, or until you know the answer like the back of your hand.
Rule number one: Use Imagery
Use your imagination to visualize your character as if they are with you. Imagine they are thinking about the trees you see or heard what someone had just said to you. What do they look like? How do they act? Is there a special quirk that they tend to do while sitting in a car?
Rule number two: Embrace Dialogue
Dialogue is a key detail in any book. If your characters are well grounded, a reader can tell who is talking without the author giving the name. To practice dialogue, when you are out, listen to what somebody says then stop to think, “What would my character say back to that?” Imagine the conversation they would have with you about what that person said whether it be snarky, sarcastic, and even over bubbly.
Rule number three: Reaction to the World
Now that you have the hang of the first two rules you must completely visualize your character. If your character was in your place, how would they react to a certain situation. Would they help the kid getting bullied around the corner or would they completely rub it off as disgusting annoying kids?
If you cannot answer one or all of these you might have a hole in your character’s personality. I would advise that if you are unable to answer, try really hard and decide for yourself what they would do. If a decision is honestly too difficult for you and seems impossible, you might want to rethink about your character as a whole. You and especially your readers, need to connect with the character on an intimate level and if you can’t even connect with them how do you expect anyone else too?
If you have any questions about how this works, or want more ideas on character, you can write a comment down below and I will help you through the character building process.