What is a Believable Character?
More often than not, one of the main entrees of fictional, and even non-fictional, writings is the characters that make up the story. Bon Appetit! The best way to capture a reader’s hawk-like eyes and lure them into the depths of your wonderful pages is to create an engaging, lovable character. Someone familiar. Someone who, maybe, ‘wears their heart on their sleeve’. Here are a few things you should focus on in order to create a believable, genuine character for each adventure you key into paragraphs.
1. Character Coherence and Consistency
There are many ways to build up a believable character. One main focus should be on designing the character with a hint of coherence and consistency. While staying consistent with your character development, you begin to draw out its ‘voice’. A character that is coherent will display both the elements of personality and behavior in a way that the reader will fully grasp and understand.
2. Internal/External Changes
An intriguing character may also be called a ‘Round Character’. A round character is a character that has depth. Your character should undergo internal and external changes to better translate its entire expanse. Changes, both internal and external, should be portrayed in a relatable manner, even if the reader may never have stepped foot in those proverbial shoes.
The character must have goals, desires; it must grow and change. Once you begin to realize that character can be infinitely built, the faster you will be on your way to creating a complex, dynamic personality. There must be a happening or a goal shown in the duration of the come up that suggests the character be moved into action. How he/she moves into action will provide an excellent insight as to who he/she really is. Deciding what effects the story has on the character will play a massive role in how it affects his/her life, for better or for worse, and his/her character traits will mirror this.
4. Stitching Empathy
Where pastimes and interests may help a character stand out, and physical characteristics can give a slightest insight to its personality, the personality itself is far more captivating. Once you design your character to develop his/her emotions, you will nab the reader's attention quicker than Doc Holiday’s draw! As you gained the reader’s interest in character development, you’ve won the largest part of the battle.
5. Creating Conflicts
Using precise, inner conflict is an additional way to enrapture your audience. Inner conflicting feelings should be depicted throughout the entirety of the story, as these will keep your character interesting and intriguing.
6. Applying Diversity
While applying random traits to your newly developed persona, don’t let it slip the mind that cultures also obtain characteristics. Cultural diversity is the existence of a variety of cultural or ethnic groups within a society. Utilizing different cultural characteristics will allow you to take the reigns of your character, and will furnish you with openings for even further development.
Apply these easy steps to your next character. And remember, the whole world is filled with ‘people ingredients.’ Sit down in the park, a coffee shop, or the back seat of a rampant way, and you will heed and discern that each person is slightly different in their own diminutive ways. You can take these traits from each stranger you pass and fabricate an infinite amount of remarkable characters that will keep your audience on their toes! Don’t fall victim to a flat character; use life to add spice to your character building.
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