When creating characters we already know we need to make them memorable, interesting, diverse and avoid those nasty stereotypes.
However, we also need to consider how we create the characters’ voices. We may use words to bring them to life, but those words need to sing with their own unique voices.
So this article has been bumping around in my head for a while. Probably because I’ve read books/seen movies that left me cringing at the stereotypes/clichés that popped their heads up.
Characters should be likeable and relatable (unless their purpose is to be the opposite) so throwing in stereotypes that can frustrate, annoy or offend is not helping to encourage people to read your work.
When creating characters, I think most writers understand that they need to think about them in terms of physicality and personality.
After all your readers need to have a vague notion of the characters’ looks and attitudes in order to connect to them.
There are a number of things that can drive readers away from your book, and badly developed characters are definitely close to the top of that list.
It’s not always done intentionally but it’s something that can ruin a good story. So take the time to learn how not to write a Mary Sue-type character.
Characters are the life breath of your novel so you need to create strong, realistic, memorable characters. You want your readers to connect with them, to cheer for them, to grieve with them…to do that, you need to make realistic, memorable characters.
In my ‘What you need to think about for awesome descriptions‘ I did mention characters briefly. However, are some things to consider when creating characters.