Along with characters needing a fault to make them realistic, they need special traits to make them who they are. So, how can we do this? That’s what I’m going to be showing you today.
1. Their Unique Personality Traits
This is what definitely is going to play a big role when it comes to readers remembering a character.
The first characters from my favorite books that I immediately think of are the funny ones. And maybe that’s just me. You might think of the sassy ones, the sweet ones, the calm ones, it all depends! But because of their unique personality, you’re able to remember them from all the others books you’ve read.
2. A Saying They Have
In Keeper of the Lost Cities Alden’s favorite saying is, “No reason to worry.” This really brings out his ‘mentor’ type of character.
I strongly suggest having a character’s saying be related to what type of character they are-something that links up to the personality they have. “No reason to worry” shows how Alden is kind and fatherly.
As a side note, I wouldn’t suggest having any of your ‘big’ character who are ‘on screen’ having a quote-that could be really annoying. But having a side-yet-important character-like Alden-with a unique quote like that, will definitely let you remember the character more.
3. A Type of Habit They Have
Again, with Keeper of the Lost Cities. Shannon came up with really interesting habits. For example, Tam tugs on his bangs when he’s thinking or worried. And Shannon went really creative with Sophie’s habit, which is to tug our loose eyelashes when she’s nervous, which always shows up in every book!
Really, the simple answer to creating realistic characters is to make them unique. Make them different from the normal, perfect, character. Make them stand out from all the others.
What are some ways you guys think would make a character more realistic and life-like?
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