Today’s blogfest is all about how writers create compelling characters.
First, let me quantify that statement – I hope I’ve figured out how to do that!
Now, on to my process…
I just look to the qualities in the characters of other books. What draws me to that character? What do I admire? What causes me to relate to those characters?
I prefer characters that are intelligent and crafty, remaining one step ahead of their opponent. They should be brave and possess confidence. But, the most important component – they are flawed and yet still manage to get the job done.
For me, that’s the key – imperfect characters. Nobody’s perfect. (I know I possess many defects!) That’s why we relate to others who share our weaknesses and insecurities. Of course, a character can’t be a total loser. Even at our lowest point, we still hope that we possess some redeeming qualities. We want to believe that we can grow and improve. And a compelling character needs to do the same.
In the end, believable characters give us faith in ourselves. Broken down into those simple terms, designing compelling characters isn’t so difficult after all.
And if you really think about it, that’s pretty damn cool!
Be sure to visit Elana Johnson and Jennifer Daiker at Unedited, along with the other participants listed below!