|What is required for a character to be believable? How do you create yours?
Sometimes my characters are a mish-mash of different people I have met in real life. It makes the charatcter much more authentic when the reader can compare themselves to the characters they read about.
I have a huge interest for personalities, gestures and ways of expressing themselves. And I also have a rather good memory so I never expose myself to "the victims" I am about to dissect.
There is only one answer to this..you have to jump into your character's shoes. I see myself in the role and write dialogue or actions as I would respond.
To develope a character that character must be believeable, have depth, and evoke a feeling in the mind of the reader.
The character must be familiar to the reader and well-described, physically and emotionally. The character must be like someone they know or whom they can picture in their minds easily.
This survey was designed for fiction writers. Bummer!
A character has to be round (three dimensional). I think you have to create characters that are so lifelike you'd actually like to meet them, have sex with them, or kill them.
I learn everything I can about them. Psychoanalysis to the max!
Involving the reader by wirting about issues they might have personally experienced.
Believability of a character allows you to see something about them that they may not even acknowledge exist. The best characters provoke other people to tell us the story.
I am usually the "character" in my books and I am always finding out something new, perhaps unknown about how I think when I write.
At this time I have written either information about skincare and make-up or articles about art. If I were to write a short story or novel, I would pool my personal experiences and what I hear and see in the real world and develop a character who is believable.
An honest voice. One true line gives me the ability to get into the mind of the character. I don't make lists of traits or anything like that.
I don't think a character has to be believable to be worthwhile. I think every once in a while one needs implausibility and absurdity, because it uplifts the imagination. However, for a character to be believable, it has to have personality traits that resonate with the person reading. It has to be despicable because its actions and words are despicable, not because other characters or the narration say it is despicable. Same goes for any other trait. You have to see the character being what it is and understand why the character is like that.
The chaaracter has to act in a believable manner. Put them in a situation and let them react realistically. I let my characters act out, I'm just the conduit they have to get on paper.
My characters are born from life and that is what makes them believable. My fantasy characters come from dreams and the magic in them makes them believable.
They have to want something very badly. They are in constant conflict with the world because something, even themselves, have to want it so badly that they become willing to change to get it. Most of my characters have regrets and guilt and pain and disappointment and they have low expectations. I imagine them in a situation where they will discover something about themselves that's magical, even slightly implausible. Maybe it's my way of coping with wanting my own life to be different.
They have to be real - with flaws and imperfections. Perfect characters are perfectly boring, just like in real life.
I often use character builders, creating detailed profiles of my main characters, particularly if it's for a project I'll be working on for a while. For short stories, it's no big deal to scroll back to see how I described them or where they live, but for novels it helps to have all the info in one reference file.
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