Your characters are the most important part of your novel. It’ll be them that your readers fall in love with, want for their BFFs and rally for. But how do you create those characters?
Who is your protagonist? What do they like? What do they want?
These are essential questions for the person that will carry your story. Some authors write fulls bios, some a profile and some just jump in and see what happens and then go back and fill them out.
But if you need something to go on, these questionnaires from Gotham Writers Workshop are fantastic for delving into your protagonists.
Your protagonist isn’t the only essential character in your story, however. The people around them need to shine too!
If you’re struggling to get to know your main character’s best friend. their sister, their bully, why not write something in their voice? Don’t plan, just dive in and see what happens! They might surprise you…
Whoever the character, whatever their function, they all need agency. There needs to be an endgame for them. Are they: trying to find something? Trying to stop something?Trying to get away from something? Trying to get somewhere?
What’s pushing them forward?
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