When you think of unforgettable characters from books you’ve read, who comes to mind?
For me, I might think of Bilbo Baggins heading off on an adventure in Middle Earth or Ebenezer Scrooge being whisked away by the Christmas spirits or Jane Eyre trying to forge her own path in Victorian England.
What makes characters like these so unforgettable? What makes them feel as if they were real people rather than just creations of the author?
These characters come to life because they have complex personalities. They’re not stereotypes. Each one has dreams and desires, flaws and foibles. This makes them compelling and relatable to readers who come to those books even hundreds of years after they’ve been published.
Ernest Hemingway once observed,
When writing a novel, a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.
In today’s blog post, I’m sharing five character development writing exercises that will help you create living people for your stories. These exercises will guide you to examine your characters on a deeper level so you write memorable characters and thought-provoking stories that delight your readers.
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