What is a story without its characters? Weaving characters for your story is the most important and interesting aspect of writing. As much as your plot and storytelling plays an important part, the characters bring their own charisma to the way your story is being told.
Though there are so many ways that a character can be written based on your genre, style and perspective, we have listed out a few that can guide you to form them in a structure.
a. Characters that are faultless make for drab reading so make your characters real- with flaws.
b. Highlight conflicts and challenges for your character to seek collaboration within the story.
c. A possible flaw can be a source of motivation for the other characters, making it easier for you to write smoothly.
d. Flaws in a character acts in compelling ways to bring depth to your story.
e. How one character plays on the flaws and strengths of another can make for an interesting narrative.
Surprise your reader:
a. Make your characters relatable, but with a twist. If the characters surprise each other, they will surprise the reader too.
b. Allow the characters to have dramatic changes to bring a surprise element. Characters can have abstract traits but creating abstract characters may not always work.
c. Develop the character with its type and archetype. How and why they do what they do must be reasoned in the way their scenes are written.
d. Understand your character’s primary desire. They will guide you through your story.
e. What matters the most to the character is what matters to you the most, so bring out the character such that your intention of having them loved or hated (or whatever) comes through clearly.
What does your character want:
a. Make your character want something, anything, even as trivial as a candy. But it has to have a purpose, else your readers are left wanting for more.
b. Establish your character with a clear and credible motive. That would only help you clarify your thoughts about your character build up.
c. The actions of your character must help propel the plot. If a character is stopping you from showing more, drop it.
d. Interesting characters are the ones that pull intrigue and dramatic turns. Allow them to experiment.
e. Even if the character is not the main character, make them proactive. Let them lead the scene in their stead.
Give them a voice:
a. Make each character stand out in your story. Give them a voice that is distinct to them.
b. The voice of a character lifts from their backstory, their background, their age and the era they belong to.
c. Create a backstory for each character. Even if it cannot be described in the story it should play on your mind, so you understand their voice better.
d. The voice of your character should be distinct but not dominant. Your characters cannot be bigger than you. You control them but let them breathe.
e. If your characters are too complex or unique, allow your readers to see them, visualize them.