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Making Your Characters Come To Life

By Erin Walker

When it comes to stories, there is one thing that makes a story simply unforgettable: the characters. It’s the characters that make a movie worth watching four times in theater, or keeps a person turning the pages of a book until late hours of the night. A good plot will always move a story forward, but good characters make every scene worth reading.

If you’re planning on writing a story of your own, it’s essential that you have unique and memorable characters. The best characters are ones that reflect real people. Your characters need to be likable, but not perfect. Just like real people, they will have flaws.

Your characters also need to have fears, quirks, and motives. If you can’t think of anything, think of people you know, and pull things from their character. Try combining different, or even opposite, character traits. What if you had a character that was compulsively clean like your sister, but consistently had messy hair like your boss? Memorable characters are often based off of real people or a combination of different people.

Make your characters unique. I’ve read too many stories where the characters feel like a copy from the last book I read. There are a lot of typical characters that are used in books. Do something to set your characters apart. Give them an interesting fear, personality, or background. Make your characters so lifelike that your readers will feel like they actually know them.

If your readers think about your characters even when they’re not reading, then you’ve succeeded in making a memorable character. This is the ultimate goal for your characters, to cross the boarder of fictional writing, and become a part of something real. It’s also the mark of a truly gifted writer. Now that you know a few simple tips on making a lifelike character, just remember to backup your work and keep it safe. The safety of your home is important in protecting your work. You can protect your home easily with a home security system.

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Walker, Erin "Making Your Characters Come To Life." Making Your Characters Come To Life. 2 Jul. 2010. 26 Sep 2015 <>.

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