The story characters are like the sugar for the cake or the salt for our food. Well-developed character will give too much strength to the story we write. Or we are planning to write. We all knew Harry Potter, Voldemort, Aragon, Gandalf, and Frodo. We do not like all of them some will be forgotten and other is remembered for good.
The characters of the story are like the brick for the population of the story. You cannot make a good community without forging good characters to build it. As an example the Starks from the game of thrones or the elves and the dwarfs from the lord of the rings.
So after this brief introduction about the effect of the character on the strength of the story. Now we come to the biggest question: How can we make unforgettable characters?
Know your character
The first thing I need to highlight is you must know your character well. You have to draw a complete picture in your mind and knew everything about them. When someone asks you questions about them you know how to answer. Well, it is oblivious that you cannot know all the answers when you start writing the story. But try your best.
Ask yourself question
Always ask your self about your characters. This will reveal the hidden. You can ask psychological , physical or emotional questions. Treat your characters as your children and try to pump life into them and show the love they deserve.
Which questions to ask?
It can be anything or any question an acquaintance may ask you about your characters. I put some examples down but do not let these question narrow your imagination.
- Appearance: Ask your self about how they look like? Eyes, nose, lips, and mouth. And is there any special scars that recognize them?.
- Physical: Are they tall or short, Big or small, fast or slow ?.
- Emotional: Are they romantic, rude, or have any other special emotion?.
- Habits: Which food they like? Which color they prefer ?. And why?.
- Family: What about their mom and dad?. May be brothers, sisters or cousins?. And Do they have a rule in your story?
- Past: Ask your self about their past. Like their previous relationships. Or their childhood. And how your characters affected by them?.
- Thoughts: What are your character thoughts?. Like when they sit in their free time or while they walk in the street.
- Personality: What is their strong trait?. And what is their weakness?.
- Voice: The way they talk. And the tone of their voice.
- Age: how old are they?.
Please keep in mind, you do not need to ask the above questions about every character in your story. You do not want the readers to get bored with the details about every character in the story. Try to know as much as you can. With no need to mention everything in your manuscript. This will let you know everything. But at the same time keep the reader focus on what they need to know about the characters.
Naming your characters
Every character has a name. Try to name them according to their gender, the Era they lived in. And matched with the theme of your story.
You can name your characters at the beginning or at the end of the story. This depends totally on your preference. And always keep in mind the name will give an impression for the readers.
Try to think deeply and thoroughly when you name your main characters and make sure their name match with their attributes.
For the name suggestion if you ran out of names. You can use google, scrivener, or any other name generator you can find.
When forging your characters remember:
- Choose a good name.
- Show the positive and the negative trait of your character.
- Always cover 1. Appearance 2. Actions 3. Thoughts 4. Speech 5. Interactions.
- Do not follow the same rules for the main and the minor characters.