Characters

How to Create Solid, Memorable Characters

Creating characters is one thing, but creating solid, memorable characters is another.

Today I’m giving you two quick, yet super helpful tips on creating memorable characters!Screen Shot 2019-02-10 at 2.39.03 PM 

1. Give Them Flaws

Would you rather read/write about a character that have these traits:

  • Is perfect, and can do everything with ease. Looks good, and is at peace with all your other characters.

Or

  • Is not perfect, and has a lot of flaws. S/He might look good, but they might not either a) notice and/or b) it’s not a priority to notice. And sometimes, there’s a few spats between other characters. 

Okay, with a quick look, you can see which one I’m obviously rooting for. 

So, taking that into account, think of your protagonist:

Who is he closest to? Friend? Love interest? Maybe some sort of interesting twisted relationship with someone? Got that minor character in mind?

Now, think of ways that they can argue. Maybe you can hit a nerve in your protagonist, and have them argue about his faults. 

Okay! So, the first step to creating a strong character is to give him faults. Now, onto the second part. 

 

2. Give Them A Personality

Think of your favorite character EVER from a book. (Okay, that’s not possible, but at least think of one of those awesome characters!) Now, ask yourself why you might find this character so awesome. 

Most likely, it’ll have something to do with their personality. How they act, and think towards other characters. 

For today, I’m going to be going through a character that I really like-Alex, from the first series of Unwanteds

Traits that I love about Alex:

  • He cares very much for others.
  • He’s very brave.
  • And he has his flaws-he can be scared, and sad. He can fight with his friends, but when they make up for it…it’s even better than having them not fight. 

(As a quick tip to you all: Why was it even better than having them not fight? Because after they made up, the character’s friendship grew.)

Those are only a few, to spare you from a long list. But, I think you can probably see what I’m talking about by now anyways. 

Other characters that some of you might love might be quirky, or snarky. And that’s great

A character with no personality, is a character that will never be rememberedScreen Shot 2019-02-10 at 2.39.03 PM

Look at your character, What’s his personality? How can you show that throughout your book? What are his flaws, and is there any way you can use that to create rocky roads with your characters?

If you can create a unique character, I can promise you that character will be remembered forever. 

 

I hope you enjoyed this post! If you have any questions or thoughts, leave a comment down below.

Thanks for reading!

Mary

 

 

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How to Create Solid, Memorable Characters

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