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How to fall in-love with your book's characters in 3 steps or more
by Kelly Miles
It’s tricky. I don’t always love my characters. Some of them have been spiteful. Mean. Plain evil. But I think all of those elements are what make a good story. You should have an antagonist and at least one character readers will love to hate. It will definitely make the good guys (or girls) shine even more.
My steps are this:
1) Use your personal experiences. Writing what you know will make your story and your characters more believable. Write about people you know. What makes them tick. Their habits. Their words. Their mannerisms. Anything that makes them come alive from the pages of a book. Whether those are good qualities or not.
2) Embellish when necessary, but don’t get too carried away. Otherwise, it’s not authentic and it won’t flow well. Don’t force it.
3) Don’t try to mold them into perfect people. Everyone has flaws. Everyone. Your characters should, too. Even the good ones!
My first novel, Montana Sky, was written somewhat from personal experience. So that one was easy. You have the traditional story of boy meets girl and they fall in-love. But with that comes a twist; a brutal man who’s out for revenge. Whose sole purpose is to hurt the woman he can’t have. And because of that, he’s easy to hate and really makes the hero of the book, Luke, stand out even more. It’s impossible not to love him. But I think a true method that delivers a good story is taking that same antagonist that a reader loves to hate, and making them appealing. It can be through their appearance. The color of their eyes or their gate. Their muscular build. Anything that makes them appear more human regardless of their depravity.
Let those characters mingle in your brain for a bit. See how they play with the other characters of your book, metaphorically speaking. One of the great things about writing is that nothing is set in stone. There’s always room for improvement and always time to make changes when necessary. You don’t have to be tied down to one specific idea. And you shouldn’t be. My stories change several times throughout the writing process and most always ends up going an entirely different direction. Set your mind beforehand that that’s okay.
And lastly, remember that we are all human and that includes whatever character you’re building up in your story. Even the heroes and heroines need to have some sort of imperfections. A reader will not fall-in love with an unobtainable man and vice-versa.