Wednesday, 17 January 2018

#WednesdayWords - Creating characters, by Megg Geri


This Wednesday, editor and non-fiction author Megg Geri talks to us about getting to know your characters properly so you can write deeper, more meaningful versions of them.

By Megg Geri

📘Creating characters in writing.

Creating deeper characters means knowing your characters inside and out. You need to know them as well as you know your best friend, your spouse, or even yourself.

If you can’t get to know your character that well, if you can’t answer any question about your character, or if you get bored with your character then it’s time to rethink the character. You need to be asking yourself; Is this the right character for your book? Is this character needed in your book?

If you answered no to one or both of these questions, then cut the character. If you still feel you want and need the character then you better delve a little deeper and get to know your character on another level.

📘How to create deeper characters

Learning the history of your character, their loves & their hates is a great place to start when you want to get to know them well but sometimes that’s just not enough. Sometimes you need a lot more information to be able to get into your characters head and to write your story.

📘Up the stakes

The more there is to gain, the higher the stakes. The more there is to lose, the higher the stakes. Up your character’s stakes. Give your character more to gain or more to lose from a situation. Readers love it when the stakes are raised.

Give your character a worldview. Whether it’s a religious, political, or nihilistic worldview your character needs a strong belief system. Knowing what your character believes in will help you to write their story alongside their beliefs in a realistic way.

📘Does your character have a dream?

If a genie were to offer your character three wishes what would he/she wish for? Usually, these kinds of wishes revolve around freedom, forgetting, and prosperity. Consider what your character wants in life?  This will also help you know what your character’s main goal throughout your novel will be.

Remember that dreams are highly personal. Your character will not go around telling everyone their dreams because no one does. The minute you start telling people about a dream it becomes a goal.

📘Is your character hiding a secret?

Everyone has secrets. Some, more than others. What is your character hiding? 

Does your character have a secret identity? 

Does your character want to hide his/her past from others?

 Has your character committed a crime/cheated on a spouse/told someone else’s secret?

Giving your character a secret is a great way to add depth to them as well as to your
story.

📘Random questions...

Ask yourself random questions about your character. Like what does their bedroom look like? Or what is their strongest childhood memory and how did this memory change them?

📘Character development tips

📖Create character sheets with all your characters important information.
📖Create a photo file with images of how your character will look.
📖Create a character journal with your characters deepest thoughts
📖Create your character's bag with everything he/she will need on a daily basis.

The most important part of a story is the characters. Characters are what readers remember and the characters are what help people associate with your story.





In my book WRITE A NOVEL IN 30 DAYS I talk more about character creation as well as the different kinds of characters you find in a story. I also have free character sketch printables and questionnaire sheets that are available for download.

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💕 Find Megg online 💕

💕Megg's editing business: megg.co
💕Megg's book club: megg.me/book-club
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