By Danielle Olivia Tefft
About two years ago, I wrote a cozy little mystery novel. The plot was fairly good but I knew the characters were like one-dimensional paper dolls. My mystery novel might have a chance if my characters were more complex and had more flaws. You know, like in real life. I have a basic idea of what makes an unforgettable fictional character. I think people love complex, flawed characters. Why? Because nobody is perfect. Human perfection in writing can come across as boring and artificial. Perfectly good characters are nice in children's books but not so much in those for adults. What I have found is that it is very challenging coming up with believable characters for an adult audience, never mind making these characters unforgettable.
Fiction writers with great novels manage to come up with incredible, insanely flawed, beyond-therapy characters. When people read about these characters, they come alive and they can never forget them. How do these writers develop such believable and memorable characters? Do they all have first-hand experience with unpredictable, unreliable, spontaneous crackpots and write about these crazies that they’ve met in their lives? Why aren't they afraid of being sued for character defamation if that is the case? Or, are these writers just great observers of human nature, capable of conjuring up amazing amalgamations of the most flawed individuals in society?
Whatever the secrets are to coming up with believable and unforgettable characters, I aim to search them out. I want to be part of that "Writers with Unforgettable Characters" club. Don't you? Please feel free to join me in this weekly blog as we explore the advice and writing of those trail blazers in character development that have gone before us. I hope it will be an interesting and informative journey!
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