Everyone has the ability to imagine anything from megalomaniac killers, to champions who save the world. But how do aspiring authors make their characters likeable, and more importantly, believable.
“We all have a desire to occasionally escape from the monotony of everyday routines. Whatever your chosen media, be it : a great TV drama, film or mystery thriller. Its nice to escape into the characters world.”
Having a great idea for a character is one thing, actually bringing them to life on the page can be challenging. Who are they, what's their background, motivation, goals. Who do they go to when they're in trouble.
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Stun Your Readers
“OMG! I cant believe that anyone could really be that evil - good.”
From Hannibal Lecter, to Silas the murdering monk in the da Vinci code. Everyone loves to hate the villain, whilst cheering on the hero. It's a natural human trait to want to follow their ups and downs, as they progress through their journey, in a story. After all if we didn't care what happened to them there would be no point in reading. Which brings me on to, why there is a little bit of all of us in each character.
To truly understand what makes a great character you need to look at them in much more detail than the average person. That means reading, observing and emulating (not copying) the personality traits your favourite villain or heroes possess.