Please welcome author Varsha Dixit on my blog. Varsha’s book Wrong Means Right End is out now. She is here to share her point of view on how to create characters for fiction.
Over to Varsha.
“An author should know their character intimately, they should know their history, how they would react in a situation, they should know their look and mannerisms down to the smallest facial tick. Yet all of this need not be revealed to the reader.”— Aaron Miles, quote from On Character Construction
Character creation is one of the things that I love most about writing. It is like stepping into my favorite toy store and putting together my dream toy.
Authors create characters. We blow life into them, we make them sane, we make them crazy, we them funny or sad but most of all we them make them – real and unforgettable.
Character creation is the process of knowing your character inside out. For any author it’s important to know all characters like they are were someone you grew up with.
Being an author of four books and having created so many characters, it would be my honor to share with you all my character creation process. Pardon me if I get carried away while describing it, after all it is one of my favorite things about writing. My husband would probably accuse me of having a godlike complex. He could be right . . . or wrong.
Getting back to character creation, I first start by visualizing the features of my main characters– eyes, mouth cheeks, jawline and nose. Then I give them hair, height, style and quirks.
Next they are anointed with ambitions, goals, fear and desires. In the fiction world characters are real. This is a good place to sort of create a character graph for each of your character. What is her or his emotional state at the beginning of the story? Are they driving the plot or is the plot propelling them? How are they going to change as the story progresses? At climax where will they be and how will they be reacting?
As authors it is our job to create characters that leave readers with an insatiable lust to know them as well we do. Remember characters make or break a story. So make your characters three dimensional, bring them to life in your story and they will return the favor by making your book unforgettable.
I hope you enjoyed the glimpse in the process of character creation. You will see a lot of character chemistry in my upcoming release this August, “Rightfully Wrong Wrongfully Right”. If any of you have questions about writing fiction, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will try my best to answer them based on my own writing experiences of nearly a decade.
Thanks, Varsha for sharing your insight into fictional world characters.
This post is a part of the blog tour of Varsha’s book, Wrong Means Right End being hosted by TBC blog tours.