Creating Believable Characters Part Three

Did you create your character sketch?

Did you come up with some mannerisms and habits?

Does your character have a signature gesture or a unique quality?


If not, what are you waiting for?


Part three is the last post on this subject . . . at least for now. In the future I might expand on this.


Know your characters inside and out.

Your character sketch will help you with this, but you need to know your character’s backstory and everything about him. This will help you get inside his head, and before you know it, he’ll be talking to you. Sometimes he won’t even leave you alone.




Your characters should be based on real people you have observed, heard about, have known, or do know. I’m not telling you to create a character just like Dad, but you can use some of his qualities, mix it with farmer Fred’s mannerisms, and since you loved Wyatt’s cute dimple in his right cheek, back when you were in seventh grade, why not add that to your character’s appearance?

See what I mean?

Also, throw in some quirkiness if you like. You don’t want your characters to be boooring.



Everyone has flaws. No one is perfect. Think of a flaw or two or three for your character. Enough said.


What is your character’s goal, motivation, purpose in the story?

You definitely need to know this information before you start the story—unless a character pops up out of nowhere while you’re writing your tale. That’s happened to me numerous times; however, you still need to know those three things.


Allow your characters to evolve on their own.  

Don’t keep a strong hold on your characters, allow them to grow, change, become smarter, cautious, etc. Trust your instincts.


Do your research.

Please. Please. Don’t cheese on your research. If your character is a WWII pilot and flew a spitfire, you better do your research to make him, the scene, and your story accurate and believable.


Timesaver: If you keep a notebook beside you at all times while you’re writing, it will save you a lot of time. My notebook has information about my characters and other information that pertains to my story.


If you following these steps—not necessarily in that order—your characters will be memorable ones.


Happy Friday!









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