“Remember: Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations.” — Ray Bradbury
This post shares writing tips to help you nail your character’s appearance, actions and personality to create a memorable hero. Last time, we shared advice for writing an antagonist, but what about a main character? Creating a lasting presence for your hero can be difficult, so here three tips to help you with the process.
- Fill in Their Reality
“When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people, not characters. A character is a caricature.” — Ernest Hemingway
Your character is not just a character, they are a living person. Try to create a full and rich backstory for them and imagine their whole history. Determine their motivations, desires and deeper emotions. Your audience wants a character that feels complex, not flat.
- Give them Flaws
“You must look into people as well as at them.” – Lord Chesterfield
A good main character isn’t a superhero; they should have personality traits and flaws that keep them human. A great place to draw inspiration from is your own life; flaws that many readers can relate to help make your character more memorable in your audience’s mind.
- Give them Tough Obstacles
“We’re past the age of heroes and hero kings…Most of our lives are basically mundane and dull, and it’s up to the writer to find ways to make them interesting.” — John Updike
Many writers have trouble placing their beloved characters in front of obstacles or throwing problems their way, but conflict is what drives a narrative! No matter how hard it is to see your characters suffer, your readers will empathize with them and be intrigued.
Give your heroes a rich backstory, flaws and tough obstacles to overcome to help them stand out in your readers’ memory and become larger than life. For more writing tips, check out my blog today. Happy writing!