I love a good character. Who doesn’t?
Guardians of the Galaxy. The guy Chris Pratt plays. Hilarious. He makes me laugh. A little off balance in the way he attacks trouble–more human than Star Lord. I go along for the ride. Plus, he’s cute.
Worf in Star Trek. He was one tough cookie. And that voice! Saw Worf without his makeup and realized I was in love with the Klingon, not the human who played him.
Heath Ledger’s Joker. So crazy. So strange. So weird. Not a thing like me. I’m interested.
How do you make YOUR character interesting? How do you choose who will be the lead in your novel? Could any character you’ve written be the lead in any novel you’ve written?
- Who are five of your favorite movie characters? List why you like them.
- Who are five of your favorite book characters? List why you like them.
- How do you discover a new character?
- How much of you is in your MC?
- What are your character’s weaknesses?
It’s hard to read a novel with an unlikable character. How do you make that character worth following?
- Humor. Make her funny. Write a scene where we get to know your main character as she gets out of an awkward situation.
- Make her want something that’s important. Write a scene where the character’s desire is revealed.
- Make your character relatable. “I get that!” “How do you know how I feel?” “I’ve been there.” When we connect with a main character, we’re interested in sticking around. Write a list of 50 things about your main character. Now do that for each of your other major players. Think outside the box. Think backstory. Think, “Who is she, really?
Let your character want something.
- What does your character want?
- How do you establish this at the beginning of the book?
- How do you keep your character from getting what she wants?
- Is her desire reasonable?
- Will she fail? Why or why not?
Let your character love.
- If your character cares and we see it, we can feel the emotion of the book. So, who does she love?
- Who will she lose?
- Who does she hate?
- Who could she live without?
- How does that antagonist fit in the story?