How to Develop a Memorable Character

By Ellen Buikema

Every author dreams of developing characters who continue
to hide in a readers memory long after the story is over. Memorable characters,
well-rounded dynamic beings who grow and change over the course of a book, will
make a fantastic story even much better. Frequently static characters, who stay unchanged
throughout the story, can be memorable too. Every character must show
emotions the reader can associate with if they wish to attain “remarkable” status.

Feeling directs action.

which is a blend of energy and movement, directs action. The 4 standard emotions
— happiness, worry, anger, and unhappiness– can be woven into your characters
frameworks to cement them into the readers mind.

How can you do this?

Using facial descriptions in your story paints a vivid picture for your reader.

The following physical descriptions might be handy to
use while writing your characters actions to suggest these 4 feelings:

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External and internal conflicts are challenges to the.
characters goals. Both force your characters to alter and grow. These.
stress create conflict and move the story forward. Consider how internal.
and external conflicts might collide. A character might be fiercely independent.
Find himself in the middle of a disaster and need assistance from others to.


Final Thought.

Your characters may have unusual speech, recurring gestures,.
or walking patterns. For her distinct walk, actress Marilyn Monroe had actually a.
half inch removed from one of her shoe heels, adding to her swinging gate.


Author, speaker, and former instructor Ellen L. Buikema has composed non-fiction for parents and a series of chapter books for kids with stories encouraging the development of empathy– spraying humor wherever possible. Her Work In Progress, The Hobo Code, is YA historic fiction.

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of strengths and flaws.

Showing sadness:.

For afraid appearances:.

Smiling with teeth exposed or not.
Wrinkles near corners of the eyes.
Facial cheeks raised.
Crescent-shaped eyes.

A character without flaws is abnormal and irritating. Mannerisms help the reader comprehend the characters self-image. Quirks can likewise reveal how one character feels about another. What do your characters need? Do you tend to prefer certain emotions in your characters?

What do your characters require? Do you tend to favor specific feelings in your characters? What type of characters do you have one of the most fun composing?

Your characters live in a world youve built for.
them that is simply as real to them as our world is real to us. Characters need a.
reason for being to keep the story alive and in motion.

Mannerisms assist the reader comprehend the characters self-image. This sentence offers us a good understanding of the characters frame of mind. Quirks can likewise reveal how one character feels about another.

factor to exist.

Research study.
Research for Your Story.


Layer your imaginary folk with psychological reality. Finding.
excellence in the imperfect will provide you magnificently flawed and unforgettable.

If at all possible, find and speak with experts in the needed areas and add their names to your recommendation page if they d like to be included. In my most current book, The Hobo Code, I needed information on a psychopath and desired to be sure I had the right profile.

For happiness:.

Inner corners of the eyebrows are.
squeezed in and upwards.
Jaw protrusion.
Lips downturned.
Lower lip pressed outward.
Eyes cast down.

Eyebrows compressed to make a.
Eyelids taut.
Head decreased to a minor degree.
Eyes look upwards through a decreased brow.
Strained facial muscles.
Flaring nostrils.
Lips pressed tight.
An extreme look (Disgust looks similar to.

and external disputes.

Eyebrows are raised and accumulated.
Raised upper eyelid.
Forehead wrinkled.
Tensed lower eyelid.
Whites of the eyes noticeable.
Mouth open, and lips pushed (Surprise.
looks much the same as fear.).

Consider the physical and psychological health, and how the.
character has actually been impacted by family and local environments. Was she ignored.
as a child, causing a terrific need for attention? Did he grow up well-to-do and after that lose.
whatever as a preadolescent, completely altering his personality? This.
background details doesnt need to be consisted of in the story, but truly.
assists the writer understand character inspirations.


In order to be well-rounded characters, the villains and protagonists need both strengths and weak points. A character without defects is annoying and unnatural. Consider the fun you can have giving defects to your antagonist! Possibly she has an irrational worry of bunnies or a revolting personal practice. This site on Character Flaws is extensive.

Every character needs …

Whenever I read a book or enjoy a motion picture I feel extremely.
uncomfortable if there isnt balance, or a minimum of somebody to trust. The.
Time I saw The Night of the.
Hunter I had the worst time up until the children discovered a sensible adult to.
aid stabilize the pursuing homicidal, grifter character, played by Robert.
Mitchum. (I based the primary antagonist for my WIP on this nasty fellow.).

One or more of your characters might have a physical.
or cognitive disability, be of a culture foreign to you, or have an unusual.
condition or mental profile. The characters believability will stand or.
fall directly on research study. Todays readers are more varied and critical than.
ever previously.

To suggest anger:.

Some pointers:.

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