Character Development : Original Thoughts

Let’s start with a thought experiment: Tony and Katie are having a conversation about politics and Tony says something about how to run a government. Katie responds negatively, “That’s pretty dumb” and attempts to break down what Tony said.

Tony tries to backtrack and says, “Yeah, I don’t really agree with it either. So-and-so said it.” Tony hasn’t demonstrated his own voice.

Often people will share an idea (that someone else said) and they think is good, only to quickly detach from it when others dislike it. What does that say about the individual? Continue reading

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The Perfect Hero

I wanted to address this in my “How to Create a Character” post, but it really deserved its own article.

Everyone and their mother, me included, will tell you to put flaws into your characters, especially your protagonists. Why is that? Is there any good reason other than making them relatable? Do we just assume that’s the only way to make them relatable? I think so, yes. I think most people don’t know how to write the perfect hero while keeping them interesting. We back down and go with what we know because it’s safe. Boring! Continue reading

Creating a three dimensional character

Nearly every character has a piece of the writer in them. Creating characters with differing vocabulary, values, beliefs, and attitudes can be a hard thing for a writer. For some it comes naturally, for others they struggle to create someone unique. Many people can create characters with different skills or abilities but when it comes to a belief system they get trapped. They’re too similar. They’re too much of the person creating them or in such stark contrast from each other it comes off fake. Unfortunately many think the differing of thoughts is solely between a protagonist and an antagonist. If that was the case with Frodo and the rest of the Fellowship then they’d all be pretty boring. Different opinions shouldn’t just be between the good guys and the bad guys, but all the characters. So how do you make everyone have depth? Continue reading

How to create a memorable character

Why is Cecil from the Final Fantasy Universe so beloved?  How did Harry Potter become one of the most recognizable characters on the planet? What makes a character so memorable? Is it the story? Perhaps. Let’s see if we can pick out just a few things to answer that age old question, “Why are they so cool?” Continue reading