How to Develop A Character In Writing

It is common for authors to become preoccupied with the story's or drama's progression while writing it. However, despite all of this focus on the plot, the characters in the story can be easy to overlook. On the other hand, a good work of fiction is impossible to write if it does not feature believable characters with whom the reader can identify and to whom the reader can relate. As a result, it is essential to the success of your story to develop your characters by providing specifics regarding their appearances, personalities, and behaviors.

First tip: Building the character, the classic alignment 

Alignment is widely used in RPGs when creating the character for the game. It is a simple table where you fit the main characteristics of the characters.

A loyal character is one tied to traditions; the chaotic is the type that ignores the rules to get where he wants.

Second tip: The number of characters present in the text

First, keep an eye out for any untied ends. The amount of time spent on the story should determine the number of characters in it.

Every character needs to be interesting enough to hold the reader's attention, take up space, and play a part in the story. For example, if you have a short text with many characters, the odds are high that it will contain many weak characters, which is a severe problem. On the other hand, be aware that these characters have some freedom to move around in the narrative.

Third tip: Search and obstacle

The complete character is the one who seeks something and encounters difficulties along the way. There is no need for it to be external (such as the hero's quest). Your character could be looking for something internally, either consciously or unconsciously. Don't worry; this doesn't have to be the main focus of the story; it just needs to be something that strengthens your character. This is known as a "subplot," consisting of small quests that aid development as a prelude to the main plot.

Interestingly, this quest is presented at the start of the plot to pique readers' interest, but this construction has no rules.

Fourth tip: Failure and action

While searching for the character, it is critical to remember the dangers he faced. What does nature stand to gain? If nothing changes in the story due to failure, it is possible to conclude that this event is not significant enough to warrant narration.

A well-developed character will be armed with options for overcoming obstacles, and he will be able to act even if he fails.

Fifth tip: Character structure and stereotype 

There are many basic structures for building a character. One of the most famous forms is based on the gods Dionysus and Apollo.

  • Dionysus's character: is chaotic, tragic, and ironic. It is constituted in the collective and the real world.
  • Apollo's character is order and discipline. Based on light and love, he lives in a world of illusions. It's Individual.

It is possible to base yourself on these figures, but be careful with stereotypes. Try not to reduce your character to his most outstanding feature to an exaggerated level; let it flow more naturally. For example, it's normal for a character to have their Dionysus and Apollo moments.

Sixth tip: Create the character from the scenario

Many authors create the universe where their stories occur, then idealize the characters. This structure can significantly simplify the narrative. The context will establish the character in this manner.

A good narrative is inextricably linked to a good character. If the character is weak, the narrative will likely be ineffective. The construction of one is always linked to the construction of the other; avoid focusing solely on one.

Seventh tip: Watch out for the pie character! 

A weak character has no flaws and contradictions and is linear and perfect, “black and white.”

But what does this have to do with the pie character? A crooked character is always a weak character. To find out if you have one in your text, take the following test: can a pie replace your character without changing the narrative trajectory? If yes, there is something wrong. This goes for both the protagonist and the secondary characters.

Here are resources I recommend to get more in-depth knowledge

Storytelling 101 teaches you how to write compelling stories worthy of commercial success. This is best for screenwriters, novelists, filmmakers, videogame writers and storytellers.

Children’s Books 101 teaches you how to write stories that children will love. This is best for aspiring children’s book authors and storytellers.

Owl AI is the revolutionary AI-powered content production platform that helps storytellers, writers, and bloggers of all subject matter easily create highly-polished content.

Success, Money & Mindset Subliminal is a self-hypnosis recording that we recommend to new writers to help with focus, concentration, creativity, and motivation.

Shadow Work Journal: 240 Daily Prompts contains inner work exercises related to relationships, anger, anxiety, self-love, healing trauma, abandonment issues, depression, forgiveness, etc.


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