Our first character tip was BE BOLD.
We all want our main characters to stand out and be unique. Who wants to simply copy one character from another story? That’s no fun. And it won’t make us feel proud of ourselves. Sure, characters from other stories can INSPIRE the characters in our own stories…but they shouldn’t be exactly the same.
Similarly, being bold means being pronounced and having a sense of identity. Nobody likes a character that is wishy-washy and, in essence, has no character.
Which brings me to Character Tip #2
Tip #2: Have integrity
Have you ever read a book where one character makes a decision that is TOTALLY against…well, his or her character?
It’s like if the Balrog started gushing about how much he loves puppies.
Essentially, we must make sure that our characters keep in character. Sure, characters can change in the same way that real-live people can. There’s nothing wrong with that…it’s realistic! But what happens when characters are ALWAYS changing? Grumpy here, selfless in this scene, a bully in another…it just doesn’t make sense.
If your character doesn’t have integrity, make sure you give the reader a good explanation as to why. Maybe the hero of the story is having a rough day, and THAT’S why he acts like a jerk…that makes sense. But if the hero suddenly just decides to act like a jerk, for no good reason other than, say, to advance the plot? Uh, no.
So the next book in my fantasy series, Elithius, is coming out in December. If you haven’t already, check out Book One of Elithius here. I promise, you won’t be disappointed.