Now that you’ve decided on a terrific name for your characters, what next?
Real or imagined. Memoir or fiction. Doesn’t matter. Same rules apply.
Turn flat into fabulous!
The characters must come alive in a manuscript and jump from the page into a reader’s heart. If not, they stop reading.
So how do we go about breathing life into these flawed creatures?
- Each character must have a defining description. Something unique to them.
- Make comparisons and/or contrasts with another character. Plain Jane is best friends with Fanny Fashionista.
- Give them something to collect, obsess over, or talent.
- Everyone has a pet peeve, even a small one. Don’t leave it out of the story.
- What’s in her purse, pocket, car, closet? What will she not leave home without?
- Don’t forget her diary, journal or the divorce decree. Search out and include legal and private documents.
- How does your character talk? Texas twang, Southern drawl, up North clip, curse, spray, slur, or tick put it in the story.
- Look at pictures and fill in the blanks. Memoir pictures help us a lot but so do artwork for fiction. Think about it.
- Rich, poor, political, religious, serious, hateful, jealous, and what else influenced them.
- And don’t forget those life-changing events. Marriage, birth, death, divorce, job new/lost, love, heartbreak, sickness, etc.
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Do you have a trick to add?
Do you have difficulty breathing life into your characters?
Do you think it’s easier to flesh out memoir characters or fiction?
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