Creating charactersthat are believable takes time and discipline. Creating dynamically real individuals and not imposing your own thoughts and impressions upon them is not easy to do, and is often the difference between a novel or screenplay that sits in a closet and one that finds its way around town and into the hands of audiences. Spending your time building your characters before they enter the world of your story makes the process of writing an easier and more enjoyable ride, and creates a finished product that agents, publishers, producers and readers can truly be excited by.
The most important skill a writer needs is the ability to go with the flow. Though you may have sat down to outline your novel, and you know exactly what you want them to do and when, it doesn’t always happen that way. As you write, you will learn your characters. They may become someone you never expected them to, and sometimes they refuse to do what you want them to do.
Often it is when you try to make the character fit the mold created in your mind that you get writers block. I’ve found that the only way to overcome this is to sit down, write, and let your characters do the talking.
What is the soul of a story? Some people say the plot, some others say the characters. I say, it’s both.
But now, I’d like to talk about characters.
How do you create a character?