No one wants to read about a boring, non excited character that offers nothing relatable to the reader. Those are the type of characters that make you think ‘I really don’t care what happens to them’ or ‘I get their problem but I don’t think it’s really that important to the them’.
You don’t want your readers to question your character’s motivation and you don’t want your readers not connecting with your character at all.
Those are blah characters and we don’t want that.
What are blah characters anyway?
1. characters with no goals or motivation
2. characters that are not a 3D Character
3. characters that have no personality or unique characteristics
You don’t want your characters to have any similarities to the list above but rather to the list below. Check out these 6 ingredients to turn your blah character to awesome.
1. Give them a dream or goal
I would rather read a book about a character that actually wanted something than a character just going along for the ride that the author pulled them on. It’s human nature to want to something and your character shouldn’t be anything different.
2. Make them vulnerable
No one is perfect so give your character a weak point or something they’re not too good at. You don’t want your characters coming off as too perfect and unrealistic.
3. Make them powerful
Give them a good skill or a talent like charisma to make your character strong. For Katnis Evergreen in The Hunger Games it was her skills with the arrow. It doesn’t have to be an outword skill either. It can also be their innocence or their ability to never get caught in a lie.
4. Hear their voice
Find your character’s tone and mannerism. It helps with dialogue and character development as a whole and is very important when deciding how to your characters should interact with one another.
Finding your character’s voice will not only help your character stand out in the book, but also help your book stand out from the slush pile.
5. Know their story
Everyone has a story, what is your character’s? I’m not talking about the story you’re writing. I”m talking about the story that lead up to the story you’re writing. I”m talking about his childhood, life events, failures, family, friends, etc. What got him to the point to where the events in your story takes place? knowing this information is important because if you don’t know, certainly your readers won’t either.
6. Give your characters a chance to show their personalities
You can say they are the nicest character in the world but if your character never has the chance to be nice or generous to someone else how can the reader “see” her personality?
We want to show, not tell. So you can not tell your readers Amy is too nice but show how Amy is too nice by putting her in situations were she shows how nice she really is.
So give your characters a place to shine (or darken) to let your readers see their personality span out.
Thanks for reading. I hope this helps you on your writing journey.
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