HOW TO CREATE CHARACTERS (+ A SIDE OF TORTURE AND THE OCCASIONAL DEATH OF FEELS)

Quick Life Update

I haven’t been uploading regularly lately, mainly due to school. My classes are kicking my butt. Your girl here is having meltdowns.

I have now officially gotten my first job as well!! I had my first orientation yesterday and THIS IS SO EXCITING AND TERRIFYING AT THE SAME TIME!! However, this does mean that I’ll be even busier than I usually am. I’M ADULTING, GUYS, I’M ACTUALLY DOING THIS!!

Blog-hopping has been a fail on my part because of my insane schedule, but I’ll try to get better at that.

I’m currently in a reading slump and in writers block which both suck, but hopefully, I’ll try to read something super good.


I love me some fine characters.

And, by fine, I mean emotionally damaged and slightly deranged characters.

You know, those characters who aren’t just well-developed, but hilarious and cause you emotional pain. Those characters you spend years dreaming about even after you already finished the book. Those characters that are relate-able and represent you. Those characters that you always have a soft-spot for.

On this post, I want to give you the steps to creating those awesome characters yourself so that you present your book in the best way and your readers become so obsessed with your babies that they can’t stop talking about them for ages. Isn’t that what all writers want?


Step 1. Come Up With A Name

Trust me, you’ll be spend quite a lot of time on baby name websites.

Don’t listen to the haters who ask you if you’re pregnant or whatever.

Or, answer them by explaining your babies and their backgrounds in detail until they feel compelled to call the authorities on you because of the paths you have planned for your “children”. Then, proceed to ignore them and deny everything they say.

A name is crucial for creating a character. Without a name, you might have difficulty developing a character. Sometimes, having a name can open up new doors for your characters and end up leading them somewhere totally different than you ever planned.

It’s also cool if you have a reason for why the characters are named the way that they are. That always makes the book more interesting. Or your characters could’ve had a name change and then you’ll have to find out why they have a different name now.

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It’s so cool when characters have unique/ strange names. 

Step 2: Give Them A Background

You know when you’re eating cereal for breakfast? You might spend too much time in your room trying to fit everything that your backpack barfed out the night before and your food will get cold. Then, the cereal will just be a soggy mess drowning in milk,.

You don’t want that. What’s even worse is if your readers see your character like that. You don’t want a character that ends up disappointing your audience, you want an interesting character whose background is well-developed and who gains the attention of your readers.

Tip: Make the character intricate. Conflicting characters are captivating because the reader can’t decide whether they hate them or love them. Keep everyone guessing, including the character themselves.

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You want this to be your readers once they meet your characters. Remember, CHARACTERS DRIVE THE PLOT!

Step 3: Let Bad Things Happen To Them

Yes, I know, you’re an absolute sweetheart who saves stray puppies and loves everyone and everything

BUT, STILL!

Let bad things happen to your character because that also develops character. When you put them in a certain difficult situation, you learn how exactly they response and if someone they love is in danger, you’ll realize learn something new about them based on the decisions that they make.

Now, you’ll have to do a little digging to find out more about why exactly they’d do that.

You see? The more you figure out about your characters, the even more questions you’ll have. That’s a good thing. That means you’re building the foundation for your book.

It’s good to feed them a little bit of tragedy (oops, not that much) so that they grow nice and strong. Side effects might be murderous tendencies and seeking revenge on anything that dares them.

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That one character that goes rogue

Step 4: Give Them Someone or Something That They Care About

Humans are such strange creatures. We get attached to other humans and don’t want to let them go. I know that you’d fight to protect the love(s) of your life, such as chocolate or your books.

Your characters are the same. Everyone loves something, whether it’s a person, a cause, or a material. This thing will often force your character into sticky situations and cause more problems. ALL GOOD THINGS! You want your character to go through the hard stuff. That’s how you know what they’re really made of.

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FLAIL FLAIL FLAIL FLAIL FLAIL YOU KNOW SOMETHING IS ABOUT TO GO DOWN WHEN A CHARACTER SAYS THIS ABOUT A PERSON OR A CAUSE!

 


Step 5: Let Them Pick A Fight

Everyone also has people or things they hate.

Give your character one of those, too.

When your character is fueled by revenge, that usually gives more insight into them as a person. Soon, your readers will be wondering why exactly they are seeking revenge and what really happened between those two characters.

Or, maybe they react differently to the person that they hate. Maybe they aren’t vengeful, but more precise in their actions in how they avoid the other person.

Then you’ll have to ask yourself why exactly they avoid that person. Thus, leading to more questions and revealing so much more about your characters than you ever thought possible

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That adorable character that isn’t so innocent when it comes to getting under someone’s skin. 

Step 6: Do Not Be Afraid Of Questions

In the writing process, you will always have to ask yourself questions such as “why is my character this way?”, “how do these two characters compare or contrast?”, and “what is unique about each of my characters that makes them different from everyone else?”.

WELCOME THE QUESTIONS!! Write them down and try to answer them all.

The constant questions will be annoying and sometimes you’ll wonder if you’ve lost it, but you’ll know you’re just fine because you lost your mind two years ago.

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THIS GON BE YOUR BRAIN

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CHAT WITH ME!

Do you have favorite characters from a book you’ve read? What did you like about them? Were these tips helpful?

6 thoughts on “HOW TO CREATE CHARACTERS (+ A SIDE OF TORTURE AND THE OCCASIONAL DEATH OF FEELS)

  1. I like Percy from The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, he was just so sweet and caring for other people. Really great post and tips! and good luck at college and at your new job, you can do it :D!!!

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  2. Congrats on your first job! How exciting 🙂

    Lovely tips! I’m totally with you on the name thing.If I don’t have JUST the right name for my character, literally everything else about them feel completely out of whack. I’m not sure why since it’s not like a name really changes who a person is, but it’s important all the same!

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    1. THANKS!!!

      Btw, Fairytale and the other short stories you have on your site sounds AH-MAZINGLY GOOD!!! Are you planning on publishing them??

      That’s the same thing for me. I took me a whole year to name my characters and I only kept the names I thought felt RIGHT with each certain character, you know?

      Names are very important, indeed 🙂

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