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Character Details - What You Should Know as The Writer



What Is an essential part of a story? CHARACTERS! When creating characters, you are crafting them based on different things: your best friend, a person you met at a coffee shop, you. Daily moments of contact with different people help influence you to mold and flesh out the perfect character for your story, but what makes them unique? Here are five points to take into account when creating your characters.


  • Name


Picking names are one of the most significant decisions you can make about your character because this is the name that will carry out through the story. They can have a hidden meaning to go along with the story; they can be realistic and straightforward with the setting, a quirky family tradition, a name to fit the time. The name of your character is essentially a stepping stone to the plot if you choose.


  • Age


The way age plays into a character is mainly about the category of story, but also about their actions. When writing a character, if they are a teenage girl, they will act much more stubborn and rebellious than if they were an adult woman at the age of 30. However, depending on age, I mostly refer to the main character with the category of story, but it can also apply to all characters too.


Ages:

0-13 is children’s

14-18 is Young Adult

19-25 is New Adult/Adult

25 and up is Adult


  • Features


When creating features for the character, there are many things you must take into account. Backstory, is your character an adopted child, or are they born to biological parents? Depending on the way you answer this question, your character must fit the story image you’re trying to create.

Say you create a story about a family adopting a child of a different racial background. That fact will essentially become an obstacle for your character throughout their story because they are different based on features.

The other coin is being born to biological parents. So the child looks like spitting images of their parents, or better yet they carry an odd family trait about themselves that appears every other generation.

Maybe even better, the MC has an odd family trait never seen before, and the real mystery behind that trait is that you got switched at birth. Are your mental wheels spinning yet?

Another part of features that is important to the character is possibly how the feature plays a part in the society created by the author. A good example is a dystopian society for a fantasy novel or a time-period piece where race played a big role in history.


Examples of Features:

-Hair color

-Eye color/shape

-Mouth

-Nose

-Build


  • Interests


This part of your character could play a major role in how the story develops and transforms into something bigger than themselves. Creating an entryway to move the plot along.


Examples:

- The MC loves to read books and is always in the library. One day the librarian recommends a book that is a portal to a different time.

- Character enjoys arranging flowers at her mother’s flower shop, and one day her crush from school shows up picking flowers for his angry girlfriend who’s cheating on him.

- The character spends free time collecting rocks, and one day collects a particular stone that turns out to be a coin to the underwater city Atlantis.

These are just examples to help get a picture of how the characters interests can mold their story, and maybe even build onto their personality displayed throughout the story.


  • Voice


The last point I’m going to share is their voice. Knowing how your characters talk amongst themselves and how they interact in high-pressure situations is a great way to give your character relatability as well as personality. Another point of voice in character is that it can display where your character is from and if they were out of place, they are distinctively different.

Does the character stutter? Maybe a lisp. Do they slur their r’s? Could they have a country accent? If so from which part of the US? There are many distinct differences. If they are from out of the country, say England, well which part? Can you decipher by the way they talk which area of England they came from?

All those different questions are essential concerning your character because they can make your character unique to the story.

These are the five points about character detail that I wanted to share, and I find them to have been the most important for me to begin getting deeper in my character profiles. I do use these points when I create my characters too. I hope this is a helpful starting point, and I can’t wait to share more. If you have any topics of interest, let me know. Hoping your Friday is fantastic, this is The Writing Spotlight.

C.J. Rodgers, Fantasy Adventure Awaits! 

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