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Complex Characters

Complex characters

A cast of complex characters


Your setting, plot and magic system may intrigue your readers, but none of these aspects matter if your readers don’t care about your characters and their outcomes.


You might like to consider having one main character, with whom your readers will experience the story with, but if you prefer your story to have more complex characters then consider the following:


  • A complex character has conflicting motivations or roles.

  • Multiple responsibilities.

  • Strengths and weaknesses.

  • Contradictions and annoyances.

  • Flaws – be likable or unlikable.

  • Believable, relatable, realistic characters.


Complex characters change over the course of a narrative. They are important to the development of a story. They interact with other characters in ways that allow the reader to fully understand those characters which are crucial to the plot development.




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