When it comes to fiction writing, the plot and the setting are important, they get people interested in the book. What keeps them around however, is well-written and dynamic characters who are capable of having a wide range of depth. Writing a good character is best done by taking bits and pieces of yourself or somebody else that you know. That is because the best examples of genuine and realistic characters are the ones that you see around you. A good character has to have dimension, several sides to them that is both dark and light. A static character that doesn’t grow and has no character defects or polarizing, conflicting thought, is an unrealistic and often simply poorly written character. In order to add depth to a character you need to give him both strengths and weaknesses, flaws and vulnerabilities. As a matter of fact, a good character is riddled with flaws and issues, and the point of many novels is to iron and hammer out all of those kinks and flaws. This now only propels the plot forward, but shows an interesting dynamic growth that will be a big hit with your audience.
Writing a good character is about being able to create realism, while maintaining that sense of wonder that makes a novel’s world more compelling than the real one. What you want is a convincing character, one that people could see happening, meshed in with a convincing backstory and setting that makes it seem as if it could be a reality. This will help drive home any message that your book carries because it will be more relatable by your audience.
Daryl Harrison is a successful breakout author who published his own work independently.