What is a Character?

Characters are people. They have feelings and dreams.

Developing characters that are complex can be difficult, but if you ask yourself if your characters meet all the humanistic checkpoint and can answer yes, then chances are you have a well-rounded character. What are the humanistic checkpoints for a character? I’m glad you asked.

When creating a character, make sure they have a name, a physical description, and a viewpoint of the world. Then, develop their emotional personality (not just positive traits) and priorities. Your character needs to have values and dreams.

The most important thing to remember is that your character needs to be relatable. Also, you must create intrinsic and extrinsic motivators for the character to solve the conflict of the story.

So, is your character a person who your readers can relate to?

Dawn Zauner – Writing Expert
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