Want to Know the Best Character Writing Advice Ever?

I believe writing characters shouldn’t be hard. So why does it seem like everyone has so much trouble with it?

Lately, I’ve seen so much “writing advice” and things like “tips for writing real characters” lately, and honestly, it kind of confuses me. Writing “real” characters? That’s truly that difficult?

Look around you! There’s people everywhere, “characters” if you will. Look. Listen. Characters are just people that don’t actually exist, but they could.

You want to know how to write great dialogue? Listen to the way people around you talk. If your characters aren’t modern, find movies with characters that use the type of dialogue your characters use. You want to know how people act in a certain situation? Watch them.

Really, I don’t think it should be difficult to write “real” characters. Just draw from what you’ve seen and heard from experiences with real people. Everyone has problems; make sure your characters do too. Everyone has dreams and deep secrets, their own ways of responding to situations, nervous habits, et cetera. Discover what kind of person your character is, and write them as if you were observing and recording a person in real life. Then they will feel real, not only to you, but to others as well. πŸ™‚

Since “The Dragon Within” is now completed, I have begun drafting characters and plots for the second book. I have decided not to begin actually writing the book until I know the characters. I’ll go more into detail about that in a later post, but for now, I hope this advice has helped you in some way. πŸ™‚

Happy reading (and writing!)

-Melody

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Published by: MelodyJAuthor

Melody Jackson is a young β€œcrazy dragon lady” and a lover of all things geek. She resides in the unbearably hot state of Arizona with her family and a menagerie of animals, including her four siblings, two cats and three chinchillas. When she’s not spinning the tales in her head into stories, she can be found working undercover at a pizza place, gathering intel for her next stories. and food for the dragons. Dragons need pizza too, you know?

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2 thoughts on “Want to Know the Best Character Writing Advice Ever?”

  1. I like this idea, though I have to say that if characters in books talked like people do in person, it would be a mess and rather boring. In our speech, we are often very distracted and long-winded – but we can't afford for our characters to be so. Their dialogue needs to be more direct than a real-life conversation. While we do want to use real-life speech as our basic template for writing dialogue, we do need to understand that there is an important line between the two. At least, those are my thoughts. πŸ™‚

    -Tialla

  2. Tialla, that's very true! We do tend to be quite long-winded in real life, haha. I was thinking more to learn HOW people sound and if the dialogue you write SOUNDS like something someone would actually say. Movies are still definitely a good resource though for dialogue and character ideas in general. Thank you for pointing that out though. πŸ™‚

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