Writing, a process: Character Development

A writer is a storyteller with a goal, keep the act going, the audience needs to believe the story, and for that, the characters need to breath, they need to be as realistic as possible.

I am going to tell you how I have written countless books with well fleshed characters. The process of character development is both entertaining and exciting, it’s building people from mere voices in your head.

I will advise you accumulate your character descriptions into one document including newly introduced minority characters, this helps to maintain the characteristics of each individual character and prevent readers from having to point out embarrassing slip-ups like character hair colors or eye colors.

Describe each character, no matter how small their role, give them a back story, a personality, a drive. Because people in real life, no matter how small their role, have a story and it might not be told but just having it there brings them to life.

And during writing, actions between dialogue helps, this is because people are hardly static when their talking. One practice that really helps this is reading people, watch two people in a conversation, take not of their body movements, it might be helpful for that chapter you’re struggling with.

In addition to having actions between chapters describe facial expressions, much like actions, our faces aren’t static during a conversation, anger can easily morph into sadness, describe how the eyebrows would crease, how the bottom lip would wobble, what that character is feeling as their face changes.

I guess that’s it for this part of the article, since this is a two part topic, there will be a part two posted soon enough on Character development during the course of a story.

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