Building character: Bringing characters to life

A character is the soul of a story. It leads the story in its path. Without a character, the story can’t move in its concept. The character should be built with all the potential attributes from the ground up so that they get attached to the reader’s hearts. Giving life to a character in a story is not easy as said. It is quite difficult. But an eminent author can make it simple by their skills. While building a character from the ground up, there are definite number of things that a writer must remember. Those things are to be dealt in this briefly.

PREPARATION:

Are you an aspiring writer who wishes to build up a character?

If yes, this will definitely help you.

So, what are you up till now?

Before starting to write a story, follow these steps:

  1. Give an outline of the story
  2. Figure out the protagonist
  3. Decide the characters
  4. Give life to characters
  5. Emphasize the plots
  6. Make out the sequence of scenes
  7. Start writing

This is how a writer must prepare himself before starting to write a story.

Deciding the characters:

Deciding the characters is the first step in writing a story. The characters which are to be played have to decided by the writer. The characters should be suitable to the story. These characters must have a particular vision and mission which moves the story towards its concept. The characters which are decided by the writer must be noted down and these have to be developed accordingly.

Giving life to characters:

Giving life to characters is essential to take the story to its main plot. Once the characters are decided, their potential attitudes and morals have to be incorporated inside the characters to bring them to life. While bringing a character to life, following points should be considered:

  1. Choose the characters brilliantly
  2. Introduce them properly
  3. Build their background
  4. Explain their potential attitudes
  5. Build the history of the character
  6. Explain the flaws and negative perspectives
  7. Make plots realistic and believable
  8. Make characters completely involve in the scenes

All these will help a writer to build the characters from the ground up and give life to the characters.

Choose the characters brilliantly

The theme of the story is decided at first and then the characters are selected accordingly. These characters should be in such a way that, they’ll suit the concept of the story. These characters should involve in the theme of the story and make the story realistic. This brilliant selection of characters is a must in building a character from the ground up.

Introduce them properly

The characters which are choosen for the story must be introduced in the introduction itself. Only then, the reader will get the idea of the characters and continue reading. The introduction of the characters is made at its best so as to keep the readers engaged in the story.

Build their background

Each character will have a separate background. It will decide the character’s position in the story. The background involves the character’s position in the society, family situations, personal life details, etc. These information are also explained briefly to make the reader’s get clear about the story.

Explain their potential attitudes

The likeness of the reader towards a character depends upon the attitude of the character. The potential attitudes of the characters are explained in clear. The attitude of the character will decided its position in the reader’s hearts. The protogonist of the story is always given a good potential attitudes.

Build the history of the character

Every character in a story will have a separate history. It will reveal the concept of the story. The history of the character is explained in detail to bring the story in accordance with the theme. This past incidents or its influence over the character will explain the reason for the character’s present attitude. This helps to give life to the character.

Explain the flaws and negative perspectives

Every character will have both positive and negative attitudes. These attitudes will decide what kind of characters they are. To bring the characters lively they have to portrayed as a human with flaws and negative perspectives too. This will bring life to the characters.

Make plots realistic and believable

The plots are built lively and realistic. The incidents mentioned should be believable. It should coincide with the flow of life. The plots are made at original sequence and as per the story.

Make characters completely involve in the scenes

Once the characters are given some life, further success of the story is achieved by making these characters completely engaged in the story. Only then, the story will have its real spice and flavor. The scenes are made in sequence and believable by the readers.

These are the points to be considered before writing a story. This helps to build a character from the ground up and it will help to give life to the character.

Give life to a character and portray your dream story into the dreams of the reader’s which will make you a successful writer.

Harini Shree

Harini Shree

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