Writing Tips: Creating Believable Characters

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Here is Part 4 of the Character series I’ve been doing.

We’ve had:

Creating Character Names

What to Avoid when Creating Character

Giving Your Characters Their Character

Now . . . let’s Make Believe (able) Characters.

#1

Stay within Character

Atticus Finch of To Kill a Mockingbird was a noble and honorable man. Imagine if you will if you saw him drunk and groping a waitress who was saying no.

I don’t think you would have the same respect for him. I know I wouldn’t. A character, good or bad, needs to stay in the character that you led the reader to believe he or she was unless you have a very good reason for a surprise change. Sure characters have a change of heart in the end, but perhaps there at some point along the way needs to be a glimmer, a hint of something in them.

#2

Balance…

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