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Many of you know I am a mom, but what you probably don’t know is I am also a fictional writer. I have written three books in my short twenty-four (recently turned) years. I am working on publishing one here soon. With this skill, I have gotten many questions. The biggest one is how I write character development.
Honestly writing has always come very easy to me. Most of my inspiration comes from dreams I have. I often have several in one night and I usually twist the good ones into novels. With that being said, there are still many challenges I face.
I am going to let you in on a little secret. My grammar and spelling are terrible. I use an editor for my blog and it still doesn’t catch all my mistakes. That is why I am doomed to pay an edit high dollar before publishing, but one thing I am good at is character development.
Character development is all about the changes your characters go through. For example, we all thought Steve from Stranger Things was going to be a total tool, but he developed into a wonderful character. That is character development done right.
I know many writers struggle with this in their writing. They have the story done path, but just have a hard time writing a character their readers can connect to. It is important that your main character is likable to keep the reader interested.
Lucky for you I have some basic tips on how to make this easier for you. You didn’t think I was just going to keep rambling and not offer advice, did you? We should all know by now that advice is my thing. Here are some basic tips to help mold that character into someone your readers will love.
The whole point of character development is to develop a character. In order to do that you don’t want to start with a super awesome character. You want someone very basic. Think about the people you met in your day to day life. They have basic feelings about the world and basic relationships with other people.
Almost make them boring. You don’t want too boring because you still need your reader to be interested in through beginning chapters, but they need room to grow. The point I am making is just a regular person is where you want to begin.
Know Your Audience
This is so important, and if you have written before you already know this. Knowing your audience will make your life so much easier. If you a writing to young girls, then your main character is going to most likely be a young girl.
Think about how young girls act and think. Make your main character this way to start off. Then think about what young girls what to be. Develop your character into that over time. This can be done with any demographic.
Make Them Relatable
This kind of goes along with knowing your audience. Your character needs to be relatable to the people that are going to read your book. Give them hobbies and skills that people in your target market also enjoy. The more a person can relate to the character the more invested they become in their story.
The Big Change
If you are an author (even an unpublished one) you know what the big change is. It is the climax of your story where everything beings to turn towards the end of your story. This can be anything, but it usually results in a life-changing event for the main character.
Use this event to shape your character into their final form. A life-changing event just took place. If should leave your character feeling different than they did before. You can use this event to make your character more likable, or even stronger as a person. The big change is meant to be used to finalize that character development you have worked so hard on.
Struggling with certain points of your novel is just apart of the writing process. I would consider myself a seasoned writer and I still struggle. But you don’t have to struggle alone. Every Wednesday (or maybe Thursday) I will publish another helpful tip for my writers in need. Make sure to come back and join us.