HOW TO WRITE BETTER CHARACTERS
Are you starting a new fiction work and having a hard time solidifying your characters? Keep reading to figure out how to write better characters.
When starting a new work of fiction, characters are so, so , so important. Readers can tell when you have an unfleshed out character. While characters do not have to be perfect they do have to work in tandem with your story. So…how do I write good or even better characters? To really get a sense of who your characters are and why they matter to your story, let’s ask and answer the following questions.
- What does the character want and why?
- What is the character’s goal and how does that relate to the story?
- Who or what stands in the way of the character’s goal in the external plot?
- Who or what stands in the way of the character’s goal in the internal plot?
- Does the character’s arc stand to make them win or lose?
Here are two additional tips for you if you are still confused on how to flesh out your characters.
- When writing new scenes/chapters, define the goals of each scenes and obstacles within the scenes and how they relate to the characters goals.
- Write your character a hook that makes them identifiable and interesting.
Written by Baleigh Shortreed.
“Patience is the key to growth; growth is the key to change.”