I love all types of stories. However, fictional stories are my favorite. In this article I will teach you the steps on how to effectively develop characters in a fictional story.
What You Will Need in Order to Get Started
In order to get started developing your fictional character, you will need to do a few things. Clear your mind, and start off with a vivid imagination. See your thoughts clearly. Relax, and then get your pen and pad to start jotting down ideas.
The Character’s Personality
The first thing that you need to create in a fictional character is their personality. Would you like the character to be shy or outgoing? Is the character happy for the most part? Or, is the character always grumpy? You should give each character a different personality to make the story sound a little more interesting. Giving the characters different personalities can make them clash. This enables the story to have different scenes. Therefore, the characters’ personalities’ are one of the most important key factors in their development.
The Character’s Appearance
Decide what your character wears. The character’s appearance is something that needs to be established. If the character is wearing dirty overalls, this will change the character’s overall appearance. This could possibly show what class of society the character is in. It could also tell you how much money the character has. For example, if a character is wearing a satin gown with beaded accents, then this character is most likely wealthy and lives in a higher class of society.
The Character’s Actions
The character’s actions will speak louder than their words. When you are developing a character in a fictional story, this can not be overlooked. If the character is pleasant, but then decides to rob a bank, you can tell that this character is bad news. If you link the character’s personalities with different actions, you could make this character two-faced if you wish.
What to Avoid and Common Mistakes
There are certain things that you should avoid doing while you’re creating your character. Try not to make the character fit the mold of an everyday person. If the character is unique, this will make your story sound more appealing to the reader. You should also refrain from having your character repeat their own, most common actions. Meaning, don’t have your character ride a bike everywhere. Have your character ride a bike, and then hop on a train. This will also change a scene, causing more action, and making the scene more exciting for the reader.