Character Tip #1

All right, so I’ve been thinking a lot about what makes a good character versus a bad character.

Everybody wants to craft likable characters, right?  You want people to be so in love with your characters that they’ll laugh when they laugh, cry when they cry, get angry when they get angry—you get the picture.

So here’s my first tip to creating a good, solid character:

Character Tip #1: Be bold.

Image result for pic of captain america

What does that mean?

Be bold with your character.  No one likes picking up a book where the character is no-personality-average-Joe.  Everyone likes a character that is unique.  We want characters that stand out.  If you’re just like every other character, what’s exciting about that?

Be bold with your characters.

Is she funny or witty?  Then make her really funny and witty.

Is he a hot-head?  Then make sure he gets heated about stuff.

Is he a lonely outcast?  Then let his thoughts reflect that.

What if you want your character to be relatively “normal”.  Well, that’s okay too!  Just be bold in expressing how normal that person is.

My point is, creating a good character means effectively DEFINING who they are.  And that’s where you have to be bold…even “explicit”.

I chose the picture of Captain America because I feel like he embodies both versions of bold…when he’s a weak little shrimp, he is still a BOLD character….namely, BECAUSE he’s a weak little shrimp.  When he transforms into a solid, hunky man, he is once again BOLD…because, well, he just is!

Be bold with your characters.

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