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How do you create compelling characters?

Hi there! I know I’m a bit late, but I still want to say Happy New Year — and let’s hope it really will be!

I have plans to make this an incredible creative writing year, but I’m still working on it, so I won’t say anything just yet.
But in the meanwhile, I will be more consistent on Medium. I’m working hard at it. I really don’t want to ghost you again as I’ve done recently — for which I’m sincerely sorry.

So, here are my first articles of the year — both about creating characters.

Hope you’ll enjoy them!

Sarah

How to Create Characters That Are Your Readers’ Best Friends

How to create a character is maybe one of the most tricky aspects of the storytelling business. It’s so very personal. Here are some pointers to get you started.

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When it comes to creating characters, I find it always so difficult to give advice. Creating characters is a highly personal endeavour, with roots in the author’s personality and life experience. Indeed, some characters may work only for their author because there’s a sparkle that no other person can give to them.

But there are certainly a few pointers that can start the brainstorming process to create compelling and relatable characters.

Let’s have a look at them.

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Why a Character’s Blue Eyes Are Not Enough to Define Them

A character’s ‘organic’ characteristics aren’t everything there is to it. Narrative characteristics also define a character.

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The main traits of a compelling character might seem to rest on physical looks, background and psychological and emotional states. I would define these ‘organic characteristics’, because they define the character as an ‘organism’.

But characters are more than that. They also are — or should I say, they are, above all — narrative devices. Characters, more than anything, are what makes a story tick and what makes the story move. They are the travellers allowing the narrative journey to exist.

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