One of the most notable obstacles for writers, especially ones specializing in fiction writing, is the creation of characters. These integral parts of the story can either make or break the success of the whole story. If you’re looking for a few techniques for creating some memorable characters, keep reading.

Technique # 1: Ask Some Questions

In order to be a great character, your creation needs to be multi-faceted, just like a genuine person. Therefore, during the creation process it is important to ask a lot of questions. Where was your character born? How many brothers or sisters did they have? Who do they remind you of? Where are they living now? Why did they move there? What part do they play in the story? By asking these and other questions, you will be able to flush out the initial idea into a complete and complex character.

Technique # 2: Start with a Problem

Many new writers make the mistake of starting their characters with a name and physical description. In actuality, this is the last component. Instead, start with a problem for the character to solve. How would your character deal with a divorce, or a death of a loved one? How your character handles life’s ups and downs can go a long way to helping you create a believable character.

Technique # 3: Learn to Empathize with Your Character

In a very real sense, your characters are a part of who you are. They are your creation, a reflection of how you feel, and aspects of your personality. Even the antagonists that you create have an aspect of your psyche within them. Therefore, it is important to empathize with your character. Look at their motivation, and understand their back-story. A young mother-to-be makes the hard decision to divorce her new husband. Why? What happened in her life that caused her to make such a drastic decision? By understanding what motivation your character has, the author can have an easier time bringing out the details.

These are just a few of the many techniques that you can use to create well-defined, memorable characters in your next storyDo you have any other tips? Share them in the comments below!


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Kristen Joy

Kristen Joy

Kristen Joy Laidig is the founder of The Book Ninja. She has authored over 40 books, started over 50 publishing companies, trained over 10,000 authors worldwide, has her black belt in karate, and eats way too much chocolate. She currently changes lives through her students… one published message at a time, manages her two retail stores Toy Box Gifts & Wonder® and Nerdvana Outpost in the heart of her newfound hometown, Chambersburg, PA, is in the start-up phase of at least three new businesses at any given time, and generally causes anyone reading this bio to be out of breath. On her “off” time (what’s that?) she brainstorms business ideas with her awesome husband, the great Public Domain Expert himself, Tony Laidig, and hangs out with her two ragdoll kitties. She’s even been known to sleep... occasionally.

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