I make them relaiteable....not completely perfect...they will have a personality that balences...they make mistakes...ect.again nothing cliche'
They have to have faults as well as admirable traits. Even the most cantankerous character has a loveable side. I never make my protagonist totally loveable nor my antagonist totally evil.
The character has to want something...I try to imagine a slice of that person's life, a little bit of ephemera that informs the whole, like a clothing choice or a dietary decision that spills over into other areas of his/her life...
It needs to appear real. To be someone that (at least some of) the audience can identify with. This may just relate to their behaviour in certain circumstances, rather than their actual character(istics).
I don't create characters. I write non-fiction.
Get him involved in a mediation role and make him bold and frank.
Since I write non-fiction, it's "what you see is what you get" because all characters are the real deal!
You have to be able to feel what the character in the story is feeling. I try to put myself in the characters shoes.
I have only wrote non fiction, I adhere to science, facts, history and knowledge experiences.
A character must be a real person in the author's mind or no one else will believe it. They need a past, hopes for the future, and personality shaping life experiences that probably will never make it into the story.
A character requires verisimilitude, to have internal coherence in order to be convincing. But not always. In the short story 'Macario', Juan Rulfo gives us masterfully an idiot who wanders about life and the world like us, middle-class intellectuals who are reading the the story, and we swallow it with no questions about the 'reality' of the character.
There must be a strip down of pretense.
Dialogue has to feel authentic. Quirks of speech and unique mannerisims need to be described clearly enough that the character can be visualized, without belabouring them. Any character who is too perfect, who has no flaws, is very difficult to identify with. A villian with no good qualities is as hard to believe in as a hero with no weaknesses.
I'm always amused with the disclaimer in most novels, "any resemblence to actual persons living or dead is entirely coincidental." My reaction is "Liar!" I believe every convincing character is a composite of actual people, usually with some parts of the author thrown into the mix. Writers don't spend all their time with their fingers on a computer keyboard. They watch and listen to people, they focus on the way they walk, on the voice that goes up at the end of a sentence, making a question of a statement, on the body language that says something different from the voice. Then they search, sometimes desperately, for language to share that little distinction that sets one character apart from all the others.
I watch people move and converse. Each day I learn more.
alot of detail and thoughts. my characters are loosly based on people i know; how they react to a situation, how they deal with different things, their courage, etc. simply because, it more believable if i can say excatly how they felt, exactly what they did. you can decribe first hand experiences better.