Writing tips: Creating characters by Morgen Bailey

Handy tips when creating characters!

MorgEn Bailey - Editor, Comp Columnist/Judge, Tutor & Writing Guru

I talked last week about character names, this week I’m talking more generally about the people we create and grow to love… and loathe…

Creating characters

Readers have to feel something for your characters. The readers have to want to turn the page because they want to know what happens next – will John Smith be OK? Will he overcome the obstacle?

Characters have to change and learn something about themselves along the journey of the story. Changes can be brought on my external forces (e.g. the end of the world in ‘2012’, or the tsunami in ‘The Impossible’) or internal (e.g. Bill Murray’s characters in ‘Scrooged’ and ‘Groundhog Day’). Even internal changes are brought about by external forces; the three ghosts in the first example and the repeating days in the second.

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About jenniferloiske

Jennifer Loiske lives in Finland in Naantali, which is a small sunny town on the southwest coast. She is a pre-school teacher by profession but she stayed at home when her youngest daughter suffered brain fever, which developed severe epilepsy in 2004. She is a workaholic Teen/Young Adult author, who loves dark fantasy, teen movies, chips and candies and warm sunny days. She’s also very keen on charity work and a big part of her royalties goes to the charity; mainly to help families with epileptic children but also to the epilepsy units in the hospitals. As a huge fan of dark novels Jennifer's bookshelf is full of books from L.J. Smith, Alyson Noel, Stephanie Meyer, Chloe Neill, Michelle Rowen, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Amanda Hocking and Lauren Kate. She’s also a huge fan of music from Evanescence, Linkin Park, Within Temptation, OneRepublic and Disturbed. But her hunger for music is endless and depend on what mood she’s in or what kind of book she’s working on. She can be pretty much an omnivore when it comes to music.
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