I’ve decided to start a mini-series on writing tips, starting with Indie Authors: Writing a Series.
Next up is how to write characters. According to Lady Anakina, “Character is Everything.” Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Add physical description
- Come up with mannerisms
- Show conflict and reaction
- Share the character’s inner voice
It’s also important to have genuine characters that the reader likes, according to Live Write Thrive. You can do this by coming with characters you like, giving them quirks, and making sure they have their own unique personalities. You should also make sure the character develops throughout the story, and give them a goal.
If you want to base your characters on real people, check out Helen Sedwick’s “How to Use Real People in Your Writing Without Ending Up in Court.” In her post, she goes over what it takes to prove defamation, what invasion of privacy and right of publicity means, and provides tips on how to avoid getting into trouble.
Last, All About eBooks goes over how to choose character names. One tip to keep in mind is to avoid having names that are too similar, because this could get confusing for the reader.
Got any writing tips? Please share in the comments!