)Yes, I understand this is a late post, but it could be helpful as a reference if you are not doing NaNoWriMo or you are planning for a novel that you want to write a little bit later in the year.)
Characters are the driving forces of stories, so by taking the time to make your characters multidimensional, you can ensure that your story is a success. Readers love reading about characters with which they can connect. Likeable and realistic characters allow readers to better be immersed into the story, which ultimately makes for a much more enjoyable reading experience.
Creating characters can be overwhelming because it can be difficult to know where to start to create the specifics of your character. I suggest that you start with three basic components:
- The lie that your character believes
- Your character’s greatest need
- Your character’s greatest fear
If you take the time to figure out these important aspects of your characters, it will help you to drive the story forward. By figuring out the lie that your character believes, you can create a solid character arc so that by the end of the story your character learns the core truth of the story and thus, changes. Knowing your character’s greatest need or desire will help you to give the character a goal and allow the reader to root for your character as he/she moves toward his/her goal. Finally, your character’s greatest fear will allow you to create conflict and tension in your story, as long as you make that greatest fear come true.
Once you have the most important aspects figured out, you can fill out a character sheet with the nitty gritty details of your character that will make him/her realistic. Here’s one that I love! http://www.jillwilliamson.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Character-Worksheet.pdf Some other ways to develop your character are to find pictures of him/her or to write character journals from his/her point of view.
Now you have the basic outline of your character and you are ready to begin writing the story from their lense and further immerse your reader into your story. Happy planning!