In order for a character to be believeable they cannot be one demensional. They have to be like everyday people who are flawed. We all have our good and bad. I start off by building around a personality I know, then I begin to add on from there.
A character has to be as real as you and I. A person you would actually meet on the streets at any given moment. When I developpe my ideas, I see the characters as actors in my mind. So I see what they look like and a littlebit how they act. I have more trouble finding good names.
A good character should have flaws. No one is perfect. All the characters should have strengths and weaknesses, assets and faults, just like real people. Don't make them too beautiful, too sweet, too perfect. No one is that good. They have to have flaws to make them real.
I don't know: they just sort of show up in my head. A character has to act like what they are, in order to be believable. Let the character do what is right for him or her to do--if you shoehorn them in, it all breaks and it's no longer believable or viable.
From a playwriting standpoint, believable characters are born of believable conflicts. Get your conflict right and everything else falls into place.
I think it helps to give a character an emotional tic or something that's emotionally relatable, even if it's just them spilling their coffee in the morning. When I create a character, I try to treat them as a real person as much as possible.
A character must be real in the mind of the reader.
For children's books it has to be a character that they can relate to in some way or another even if only in aspirations
He needs his own voice. And I don't mean the writers voice but really his own voice. And for that he needs a detailed backstory. Even if the reader doesn't know anything about the characters backstory I always write everything I can thing of about his past.
I learnt pretty quickly I had to "become" my character. In chapter one, Andrew is walking in the rainforest.
What are the sights, smells and sounds he experiences? I had to close my eyes and imagine that scene.
From that moment, I knew I had to step into my characters shoes and live the story alongside them.
Unique dialogue, obvious physical traits
A character that has a unique voice, is easily identifiable, and has a quirky personality—that’s shows all their insecurities, hopes, and dreams by how they behave.
Difficult to answer as my work is NON-Fictional.
Making your characters believable is creating for your your character their own personality, their own voice - its one of the reasons why i prefer writing in first person. Make your story tell a story to the reader.