Creating Memorable Characters
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Creating Memorable Characters

On this episode, we discuss the challenging process of creating memorable characters when writing fiction. Some of the topics we discuss are:

  • Digging deep into a character study – You do this by getting to know the characters personally, and by digging deep into a character study that considers every aspect of their being. These would be details of their personality, hopes and dreams, history, quirks or eccentricities, moral/ethical/religious beliefs, fears or phobias, political stance, hobbies, likes and dislikes, short- and long-term goals, and habits.
  • Thinking about their physical characteristics – How do they walk? What kind of clothes do they wear? What is the tone of their voice? Is their hair colored? Do they wear jewelry, and if so, what kind? Do they have a unique mark, such as a tattoo or scar, and if so, how did they get it? Do they have laugh lines around their mouth? Is there a physical tic that they have when they get nervous, sad, annoyed, or mad?
  • Knowing your character's past – It's important to determine the details of your character's past, even if you don't plan to narrate much of it in the story.
  • Knowing your character's motivation – Similar to a person's past, a person's present motivation is a large part of who they are and what makes them tick.
  • Knowing your character's most intimate flaws, weaknesses and fears – All these tragically human characteristics allow your readers to connect with the character, perhaps because they have felt the same fears or have the same weaknesses.

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