How to Write Great Characters!!!

How to Write Great Characters!!!

Here's a little tutorial about how to make great story characters, comic characters, or any characters. Follow these simple steps so you can make more fun characters without making them too annoying ;).

Chapter 1

How to Write Great Characters.

by: Shiranuii
Hello!!! Welcome to the tutorial for..
"How to write great characters"
You may already be the greatest author in the world, or you already know how to make great characters, but since you decided to view this...

You are wrong.
Get out a piece of paper, and a pencil. The first step to making a character is to draw them out for reference!!! Whether you're the next Van Gogh or can't even draw a square, draw, draw, DRAW!!!
Start simple. We don't need complex characters with green heads, two tails, wings, scarves, piercings, and glittery stars. Take a moment to figure out a shape, or what you want your character to resemble. A rabbit? A person? Don't draw any clothes or colorful aspects, yet.
Make sure your character is not perfect!!! First, think. What can your character do? Add a little something extra to them. What do you want them to do? Fly? Breathe underwater? Be creative with how you want your character to be able to do this! Draw gills, give them big arms to fly, draw wings, but be creative!!! That's what matters. People do not want to read about complex, perfect, annoying characters!
(EXPLAIN why your character is like this, keep the familiarity.)
Good, now we're on to the next step.
Name your character!
First of all, don't make it bland and dull. Not everyone likes reading about characters named Bob, Jim, and Sue. Then again, no one can take books very seriously when the characters names are ridiculous! AKA "Super Awesome Man" or "Ashdinmekoclazawitz" or "Evil Dark Master of Evil" Even in a fantasy setting, no parent would name a kid that. Maybe, if your character has an alter ego, and is a super hero or villain of some sort, then you can make your names a little more out of the ordinary, like "Super Awesome Man." STAY REALISTIC.
You also want to consider your character's feelings. Would they be embarrassed to say their name out loud? At least keep their first or last name, or both, realistic.
Are they an animal? If they're your standard, earthly animal, keep in mind the sounds that they would make. It also applies to animals that don't actually exist.

Alright, so what CAN your character do? Talents? Flaws? First of all, readers don't want to read about characters they can't relate to; that are absolutely perfect and talented at everything they try. Then again, people don't like wimpy, useless characters who just get in the way of the story and bore everyone. Find a balance!
Find good traits and talents of your character. Can they play an instrument? Are they great with algorithms? Are they great negotiators or really social? Don't make them people who are great at attracting everyone, or who can eat ten million hot dogs.
Then, there are flaws! Sometimes, flaws make characters more defining, fun, and memorable! Are they afraid of heights or hate talking to people? Make them realistic!!! Don't make it stupid... like... my character is too amazing for their own good. MY character has stomach problems. MY character is clumsy!
It's realistic to have characters with bad tempers, hate change, or don't appreciate things people do for them! Don't make your characters absolutely evil with their flaws though. REALISM IS KEY.

Then there is of course, history of your character! We don't want to be launched into a story with no idea of what's happening or who our character is! DON'T make your character have had EVERYTHING possibly horrible happen to them in their childhood! That could seem unrealistic and possibly annoying. Plus, it should relate to their present state, and to their future. If one part of their history doesn't relate to the story at all, consider whether you really want to add it or not!

Now, you can start adding other aspects to your character. Clothing, hairstyle, maybe even the mood on their face. Get some color pencils or pens and begin filling in the blanks of your character. Draw the main setting where your character's life takes place.
Setting... it's always good to know WHERE your character IS. What are the people like around your character? How do they relate and interact? What are the feelings towards them; hostile or friendly? Think about the kind of characters your character will want to be with, or who they won't want to be with.
To expand outwards from your main character; how do they interact with the world they're in? As they progress through the story, who will they meet and where will they go? Don't give away EVERYTHING about your character... keep it mysterious! That can make stories way too predictable. Readers love sudden unexpected changes in plots that throw characters into mayhem!!
This is all for now, but it's a good, basic tutorial for you!

Good luck, future author!


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