Honestly, I write fantasy. Most of my stories are based on real-life people that are an actual part of my life. Although they may have wings, or shape shift, they have real-life characteristics from the everyday people that inspire me most. All of my characters have depth and connections that anyone can identify with, whether they are the Arch-nemesis or a member of the Brethren.
I let my characters speak to me. I'll write dialogue that I don't even use in the book to hear them speak.
Believablity is key. My characters come from inside and to me are actual characters. I try to become the character, sort of like playing Dungeons and Dragons, and feel what they would feel; do what they do. It's a complete fantasy and a wonderful way to step into another's shoes without literally doing so. I would never want to be one of my characters but, I'll play the part while I'm writing them. In fantasyland, anything can happen with no reprocussions. For example, I can murder someone in a story without the worry of commiting an actual crime. A good writing friend, Cassidy Webb says it best; "I kill people so you don't have to!" And, to me, that says it all.
A character can't be perfect. There are plenty of bad examples out there, and even a term for them, "Mary Sues." A character has to be "Everyman" to some degree. The reader doesn't want to read about someone who is too good to be true, they can't identify with someone who is flawless. We all have our faults and characters, too, must have them to be believable.
I create characters in sort of a backwards way. I picture what they should look like in my mind and then try and find a photo of someone who fits that image. Once I have a solid image the character traits just sort of fall into place, good traits and bad. I create a history for each character, because our past is what makes us who we are.
A character to be believable needs have real characteristics. They need to have strength and frailties. They need to do smart and dumb things. Characters need to get themselves into trouble. My characters are a hodgepodge of people I know and have met along the way and those I create in my head.
My character are someone real and its up to the people!
Charecters should be used carefully and should match with the theme of the story.I myself don't rely on charecters.
Never really think about this. Usually I took real people as the model of my characters
Since I write fanfictions, my characters are always believable because they exist in real life
Multidimensional, with a heart and hopes and flaws and fears. I believe characters have both good and bad inside, just as no living person is completely a saint, or completely a total bastard (although a few people I've met do come close).
Characters that have a distinct voice and dialog that truly sounds unique to them. Probably the hardest thing to do, I think.
I don't create my characters, I am the character(s)
*as she laughs out loud...
In order for a character to be believable he/she must be flawed. Nobody likes a perfect person. I develop my characters before I start a story. I use questions like, "what does this woman have in her purse," or "what does this man have in his glove compartment," to help me hone in on who the characters really are. Also, does each one have some kind of secret, and if so, how does that effect their behavior.
They need a past that informs who they are and what they care about. They must have passion. Often I "see" or "hear" my characters interacting with others and I listen to them and watch them to try and figure out what they're about.
A character has to behave normally, sometimes in abnormal situations to be believable. You need to make your readers feel like they could sit down with the character over a drink and have a conversation.
I create my characters by watching people. Some of my characters ideosynchrocies have come from the behaviors of people in restaurants, airplanes, hospitals, and let's not forget members of my family, who shall not be named to protect the guilty.