Working with great characters can make writing a whole bunch of fun. And who doesn’t like fun, right?
Having the right characters can also make or break a story. With awesome characters, the reader can get pulled headfirst into a story. Better strap that crash helmet on, reader!
Here are five tips to help you create memorable characters of your own.
- Choosing a name
Names can give the reader tiny clues about the type of character you are creating. For example, Mr Bambuckle is a quirky teacher. Mr Sternblast is extremely strict. Victoria Goldenhorn excels in all she does. Lawrence Sterling is a posh butler. Chip Radar is a computer hacker. Names can make an impression.
- Physical descriptions
A character’s appearance can also give the reader some clues about their personality. Perhaps your main character wears black because they like sneaking out at night. Maybe your character has curly hair because they have a curly imagination. Or perhaps your character’s eyes are the colour of the ocean because they love swimming.
What is your character good at? Whether it be patience, solving problems, magic, running, inventing or humour, giving your character strengths can help them navigate the problems in your story.
It can be tempting to make our characters perfect. But when we give our characters weaknesses, it can help increase tension when things don’t go their way. Imagine if your character had a fear of deep water and was stuck on a sinking ship. Or maybe your character is extremely ambitious and too often bites off more than they can chew.
Make sure you give your character a mission. What do they want to achieve? What is their goal? With a mission, you will have strong direction with your story and the reader can cheer for your character as they leap into their adventure.
Do you have a favourite book character?