Crafting Compelling Characters
Creating compelling characters may seem like an arduous task for any one new to writing, and, in fact, even the more experienced writer will often struggle to craft believable characters. Utilising characteristics and behaviours that are common, will enable a reader to believe in your character.
Some, are naturally gifted and can craft a character easily; they are people-watchers, who use any opportunity to connect with others and can isolate those subtle, often undisclosed, signals as to mood. They can detect body language and incorporate that within their writing. But there are others who struggle to make characters three-dimensional. Therefore, it’s important to consider the basics of good characterisation.
Creating a character profile
Your character profile should contain the basics:
Hair colour and length
Occupation or school
Family – siblings, parents.
As you create your profile, add to it and fill in any gaps:
If you struggle to craft characters from imagination, use someone you already know and make a profile about them. Make a second profile about a friend or family member and then, compare the two; noting the characteristics between them, even if there are some similarities.
Consider that your character has a past, present and future, and for each decision that character makes, a ripple effect spreads out affecting others too – then you start to understand how important it is to create compelling characters and how to link those characters who play an important role in your story by cause and effect.