On creating a Main Character that feels real.
What makes a character real? What makes them stand out from all the other 2 dimensional made up people out there in film, TV and books?
I actually don’t think there is a definite answer to that. But before you say, well why are we talking about it then, I want to add that it is possible to create a character that you can relate to. A character that deals with the same problems. That feels the same way. Or even acts like you, the reader, does.
Before I start drafting, I usually have a fair idea of who my main players are. I ask myself what they like, what are they afraid of, and most importantly, what are their flaws. Flaws are what make us human. No one is perfect. And if you are, then you are the main character of a sci-fi, possibly a robot, and I want to know the answer to life 😉
To help you with that, I have a handy list! (Obviously. When do I not have a list). This is just a few of MANY. But somewhere to start. And flaws aren’t always black and white. Once you start with one or two of these, your character will expand from there. Everyone deals differently. It’s how they react, given their flaws, that makes them relatable.
It’s not just your main characters that need these flaws. Every single person you create–be they the friend, or even the baker who showed up for one line–they all need a flaw. Just because you never get to know the baker, does not mean you, as the writer, do not need to give him/her depth. The trick to a well-rounded cast is treating everyone as the main character, but keeping all their little details to yourself. Trust me, what you know of them will reflect in that one line they appear for.
That’s all for this month. I’m too exited about release day to properly concentrate 🙂 Next Month I’ll move into how to keep yourself going during Draft Zero.
Thanks for reading! xx
**Disclaimer–what works for me won’t necessarily work for you. Every writer is different, and that’s okay, otherwise we’d all be telling the same boring story**