4 WAYS TO DEVELOP YOUR CHARACTERS

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by The Writing Freak

I’m someone who gets frustrated using character profiles because they never look anything like the character I actually end up writing. I like to discover a character through story. For me, this leads to a much deeper understanding of a character, which makes them easier to write and makes them come across as more real and developed in the story.

Tell Yourself Their Backstory

To really understand your character, you have to understand where they came from. This is important even for side characters. What kind of family did your character grow up in? What struggles did they face (or did they face few)? Tell yourself their story and watch how the events click together, their development comes naturally, and your understanding of them grows. Make sure to write this down. You’ll come up with a lot of great ideas, and I promise if you don’t write them down you will forget them.

Think About Them in Relation to the Other Characters in Your Story

Characters really show their stuff when they’re interacting with other characters. I actually like to have certain conflicts and chemistries in mind when creating characters. For example, when coming up with the idea for Bernie, a loud, aggressive, too-honest feminist, from my series Talented, the next character I created was Jared, the ridiculously attractive, ridiculously privileged boy who makes a game out of girls’ sexualities. I created Jared because of the conflict he provided for Bernie, and as I delved further into their relationship, I discovered nuance and depth I hadn’t previously expected. Their relationship became even more complex, and together they bring to the surface facets of their characters they might not have shown individually.

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