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Characters: how to create them?

The characters are what make the story intriguing. How do you build a character, though?

There are many ways of creating them. You might look at a real story and then create a fictional side to it. What is more likely to happen is that you don't have a story and want to start. Choosing the characters can help you form your story idea and improve it.


I think the best way to create characters is by asking them questions. You can ask real people to get other peoples' opinions, or it can be in your head. What would the character answer this question:

Here is a list, and what can you get out of each question:


When is their birthday? And how old are they?

This will you know what was the world like or will be like. You could search that time to find out more essential details and include them in your story/novel.


What gender are they?

Based on gender, the actions and emotions of the character might change. Therefore, be careful of not mixing things up unintentionally.


What do they look like? & How do they dress usually?

Giving illustrations of the character's appearances will help the reader imagine them.


What is their age when the novel starts?

A person can live decades. Be sure to know what is their current life stage is.


Do they look frowny, smiley, or upset in their norm?

Some people smile a lot, some seem angry all the time, and there is always this first expression look. It would help to think about this if another character met or saw this person.

Where do they live?

The place they stay at will change how the story work. It depends on the country, city, building, and these details. They can be imaginary, of course, but knowing them will help you understand your character.


What's their favorite food?

This can be a significant part to include depending on the story. It could also make the character feels more real and express emotions.


What do they eat most?

There is mostly a typical meal. Something that the character eats like five or more times a week, every week, could mean something.


Do they dress for themselves or others?

Part of their personality is how much do they care about what others think. Therefore, you can know if he is on either extremes (cares too much or too little), or if he is in between.


Do their regular clothes makes them older, younger, or is it appropriate for their age?

This helps when another character first meets them. Interactions are a big deal.


What are their life-changing points?

The character must have a past. What are the most important events that shaped who they are? Knowing this will get you further on what do they feel and what they will do.


Do/did they have pets?

Pets can change a person. Never underestimate how much impact pets can have on a person.


Do/did they have a medical condition?

Specific medical conditions could enrich your story/novel for the better. Obviously, you can make up a disease. However, if it was a real disease, it could be relatable to many people.


Do they have spare time?

Having a super busy life has its impacts. Being aware of those allows you to be better into perspective on what the character is doing.


What do they do or would want to do in their spare time?

While some might do nothing, others try to have fun or learn something new. Perhaps wanting to do something, but not having the time for it, can add spices to your story/novel.


What are their friends like?

Friends play a significant rule in a person's life. This is great to make the character relatable, understandable, and even could change story events.


What are their hobbies?

Hobbies can be skills to use in the story in different situations.


Did they have traumatic experiences?

Traumatic experiences not only shapes a person's life, but it can also have other constant impacts such as having a fear of something, worrying too much, or imagining things.


Did they have good, bad, or neutral childhood? Why?

Childhood events influence how we think and act. We sometimes replay them in our minds for different reasons. Knowing how their childhood was affected is vital in explaining a personality.


The best thing in their childhood?

This is often something we remember to feel happier. It could be a warm family, a gift, or a person they know/knew.


The worst thing in their childhood?

This often causes pain. It could be the death of a close relative or a friend or sometimes a colossal failure. It could haunt us for years.


What is their future look at the world? What part will they take in it?

Their look at how things will likely change and how it will happen is something we usually do. It could be something usual such as getting married and having a family, or it could be wild such as the world is going to end.


Do they have any obsessions or addictions?

Even thinking about something too much counts. It could be a habit that drives them nuts or overthinking about the past. Those often lead to crisis.


Are they in love? Have they been in love before?

Romance plays a role in our lives. The events of loving someone can tell a story on their own.

What is their biggest fear?

It could be funny in the story, to illustrate, a powerful man fears insects. Or it could be the most crucial part of the story, such as fear of failure or incapability. This can be used to make scenes and even make them better.


What is their biggest secret?

Having powers or killing a person are examples of a character's secret that can play a big part in the story.


What is their biggest desire?

Wanting to be successful, owning the world, or having a family are desires that influence the plot of the story.


What do they do (or work)?

It could be something bizarre like a zombie or unusual such as a grave robber.


What is their biggest motivation?

Support of friends and family, the desire to become better, and wanting to save or help people are possible motivations for your characters. Always be aware of this as you write what the character is doing.


What is their biggest flaw?

Overcoming or working around a flaw is interesting on its own. Adding it to a story will only enrich it more and more. It is mostly a trait, but it can be something else.

Notes

You don't have to answer every single question about them to write a story. Usually, though, the more you can, the better the story you can tell.

I hope this post was helpful and can put you well on your way to writing your story or novel. I would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions in the comments. Don't forget to like this article, and share it with your loved ones.

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