51 posts tagged characters
What is the point of creating a character we will end up loving, only to have him/her killed in a future book? WTF is the point?!?
It’s painful, authors, it’s painful.
So, thanks. Thanks for breaking our hearts with your murderous actions.
I hope it was worth it.
I like them both!
Male Character 1:
I'm an asshole, but you should pick me!
Male Character 2:
I have all the awesome qualities you need in a man! Pick me!
Male Character 1:
I make you feel weak and doubt yourself, but I know you still love me.
Male Character 2:
I've known you forever. I love YOU for you.
Oh, life is so hard! All of these choices to make!
Hi, I just met you, and I'm going to mess with your head!
I'm blind right now to all the obvious negatives in my world.
I'm incredibly naive.
I secretly know my crush likes me, but I'm just going to doubt myself throughout the book, just because I can.
I know I'm not as normal as I say I am--
I just want to keep denying the fact that the things in my world exist, making the story drag until I finally accept what's up.
I might be a little naggy, annoying, and at times boring.
And I'm also part of extremely popular books.
Readers just love my personality, don't they?
Okay, you’re probably thinking: Why do I need to even think about this? Can’t I just start writing a character in and call him/her a protagonist?
Well, no—unless you’re one of those people who are incredibly awesome and can imagine everything as you go—some of us need to plan first, then get going with our writing. A protagonist is more than just a character. S/he is the main character, meaning that s/he will be the first person (usually) the reader meets. Sometimes, s/he is even the first person YOU meet as the story forms in your mind.
The following tips are just guidelines—not something you are obligated to follow. I’ve used these tips with my own writing and I hope it works for you!
1. Get the Basics Down
By basics, I mean the obvious stuff: Gender & age, for example.
This is kind of where “write what you know” can either affect you positively or negatively. Your protagonist can be ANY gender you want, just remember that if you create a protagonist that is your opposite sex, you have to have appropriate dialogue.
My suggestion for this would be to people-watch, or to secretly examine your friends’ mannerisms and/or speech pattern.
Also, deciding an age is pretty important, especially since now we have Young Adult fiction and Adult fiction.
Also, you have to be careful that your character isn’t a sixteen year-old with the mind of forty year-old. Be believable, be relatable—no matter how complex your story is.
2. Create Some History
You have to ask yourself: What has my character gone through to become the person s/he is now?
Treat your protagonist like a real person: What was his/her childhood like? What are his/her parents like? Why is my character so mad/happy/sad/quiet/mysterious all the time? What events have acted as catalysts in my character’s life?
The more you know about your character’s past, the more you can draw on. Your protagonist needs to have depth and not just a facade of emotion.
Rather than telling your reader what your protagonist is feeling, why not show why your protagonist is the way s/he is?
3. Add Some Growth
Your protagonist should grow as a character.
It can be a positive or negative growth, what matters is that your protagonist gets from point A at the start of the novel, to point B at the conclusion.
The tricky part of character growth is that it can’t be an overt change. As the action increases in your novel, there should be instances of character growth that come with your protagonist’s experiences. These changes can be shown by how s/he interacts with someone, or how s/he acts around others. For example: If your character is normally quiet, maybe a certain event can cause him/her to speak up.
Of course, there are tons of ways you can show character growth. The point is to not be obvious about it and to not have your character suddenly change. If s/he is a shy person in one chapter, s/he can’t start running around buck naked in the next chapter. You have to build up to the changes your protagonist goes through.
4. Set A Goal
What do you want your protagonist to achieve?
Do you want him/her to win a game, earn respect, or even save the world?
If you don’t have a goal for your character, then you should create one. The story will be propelled forward by your protagonist’s need to achieve the goal you’ve set.
If anything, creating a goal for your character will also help YOU write the novel.
Well, if you know where you want your protagonist to go, then the path to getting to the conclusion might be a little easier.
I hope these tips help you out!
I like you.
No, you don't.
I like you.
I want more than that.
For the love of--shut up and just friggin' get together already.
This character sounds alright.
Okay, you did something cool there character!
Main character, why are you not like this character?
That's right, character, you tell them!
This book is awesome and it's all thanks to this chara--
What just happened?
The character just died?
WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS, AUTHOR?!?!
That's it, I'm done.
I'm going to make the wrong decision, choose the wrong person to love, belittle myself by being ignorant and naive, and I'm going to whine and complain about all the responsibilities I have.
Well, obviously this character will see what is the wrong thing to do.
No, don't you do it..
YOU'RE SO DUMB, WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?!? WHY DID YOU--WHY WOULD YOU--
27.) Pick two songs that describe your character at two different points of their life, and explain why you chose them.
Wow… that’s incredibly hard… can’t I just say that maybe her life can’t be explained by music because then I would be giving too much away? In any case, it would be conflicted music with an edge of defiance.