by Rain Grey
Authors can learn from television series. The audience looks forward to the next episode to catch up with their favorite character’s life. The audience wants to know what the character is up to all the time. The same applies to a captivating novel. You must create memorable characters that make the reader look forward to the next chapter or series. Here are a few pointers on how to create a memorable character:
1. Know your character well
Before you create a journey for your character, you must know everything about them. You must give consistent details about the personality of the character throughout the novel. For instance, the character cannot have different physical traits and beliefs in the novel. It helps to write down all the major traits of each character. Refer to the list each time you introduce the character in the story.
2. Give your character unique tags
Your novel will have many characters playing different roles. However, you must have one or two outstanding characters that your audience will want to follow. One way to make such characters memorable is to give them unique tags. The tags can be based on their physical traits such as their height, weight, skin color, hair, and eyes among others. Mention the physical traits when introducing the character and every other time the character is mentioned. You can focus on a few outstanding traits that the reader will always remember.
The character’s name is among the unique tags that will appear throughout the novel. Give your character a unique and memorable name. Apart from the physical attributes and names, you can give the main character exceptional characteristics. For instance, the character could have a secret that could change the story if other characters find out. You can also make the character vulnerable. Your audience will identify with a wounded character and follow through to see if the character finds help.
3. Make your character’s journey interesting
Consistency is important when telling a story. As a writer, you may be tempted to give your characters similar issues or challenges to handle in the story. For instance, the main character may fight evil throughout the novel but in different settings. The consistency is good but might be boring to your audience. Do not make the character so predictable that the audience can almost tell how the character will react. The character should be consistent but also capable of surprises. Let the character go against the readers expectations in some instances.
4. Build on the character’s experiences
The experiences at the start of the story can define the character’s personality and attitude towards life. You can use the experiences to give the character a unique tag. The experiences will build the story line but they must also change the characters. Otherwise, the story will not appear real to the audience. For instance, a character cannot lose his or her family in one tragic event and remain unchanged. Such events leave us weak or with a strong desire to prevent such tragedies from recurring. Tie the experiences to a character’s actions in later parts of the story. In our example, the character can be very protective of his or her children to avoid losing them as the story progresses.
5. Borrow ideas from real people in your life
Sometimes creating consistent and outstanding characters is a challenge for new novel writers. If you cannot a fictional character with outstanding traits, think of people in your life that you cannot forget. The characters could be people in your family, school, or circle of friends that everyone talks about. Your support group will most likely read your novel and hence you must be cautious when borrowing from real-life characters. However, creating characters out of real people ensures that you are consistent in your description. If the characters are memorable in real life, they will be memorable in the fiction world.
6. Create emotional incidences for your characters
One thing that keeps readers glued on a book is the emotions it triggers in them. They identify with characters who display their emotions. The reader will remember a character for his or her response to a defining moment. You can borrow from real life situations to create emotional incidences. For instance, people experience their worst emotions in times of loss or tragedies. Think of defining moments in your life or those close to you that made you very happy or very sad. Let the character respond in a humane way to incidences that touch the readers’ emotions. Also, create a contradiction with the emotional scenes as well. For instance, strong, rude, or mean characters can cry in time of tragedies instead of appearing as heroes.
7. Learn from others
The easiest and quickest way to learn something new is to learn from others. Learning from other authors is particularly important to a writer who is writing their first novel. Everything look challenging at first including naming your characters. However, you can learn from the best authors. You cannot write well without reading. Read as many novels as you can and see now authors create memorable characters. Identify memorable characters and the traits or actions that make them memorable.
Watching movies and series will also help you learn how to create characters. If you have already read enough novels or watched enough movies, try to think of the characters that stood out. Why do you remember those characters or look forward to new episodes for your favorite films? Your aim should be learning the method and not copying characters from other authors. Your story and characters will not be unique and interesting to your readers. Remember that your audience has access to the same films and novels and will identify a cheap copy of ideas.
The tips outlined above will help you create memorable characters in each story. Give yourself enough time to perfect your skill. Bestselling authors did not get to the top of the list with their first novel. Your skill in creating memorable characters will grow with each story you tell. The secret is to apply the knowledge you have gained in your current novel and keep writing until creating characters becomes easy.
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