Creating Your Characters | Being A Young Writer #3

If you’re writing your story, you may be thinking that it doesn’t matter too much about your characters because your plot is the best thing since sliced bread. Well you would be very wrong.

Your characters, in my opinion, are the most important component to your book. It is your characters that connect to your readers and it is this connection on which the success of your writing relies.

But you may be a writer who struggles with characterisation in all aspects of the word. So today I’m going to tell you how I deal with writing my characters for them to seem realistic.

I think the most important thing to keep in mind is clichés. Although your characters may accidentally fit into some of them, you generally want avoid them. It makes your writing seem bored and does not mark it as individual.

Also, when giving information on your characters don’t go overboard . Yes it is important the reader gets to know the characters to create connections with them, but take it easy. Ease up on the accelerating pad and drop in facts here and there not all at once. Not only will this improve your writing style by making it less stodgy, but it will allow the connection between reader and character to be more gradual.

The next thing I’m going to say may sound completely ridiculous, but just go with it. Let the characters write themselves. Of course you will be the one churning out the words, but the character will make decisions within the plot based on traits you’ve given them. If you force them away from a decision, it won’t be realistic, because you will be going against their personality.

This is all just my opinion on the whole writing process and you may disagree and do things differently. I hope this helped.

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