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Whether you lean toward the literary, with prose that would make a cold-blooded insurance adjuster weep, or are creating your genre magnum opus—with rapping vampire detectives, drug-dealing Senators, and naked Kardashians racing to break the code to eternal youth without telemarketers—unless your characters are believable, very few readers will remain awake through the second explosion.
This guest post is by Grant Jarrett. Originally from northeastern Pennsylvania, Jarrett lived in Manhattan for twenty years before moving to Marin County, CA, where he now works as a writer, ghostwriter, editor, musician, and occasional songwriter.
His publishing credits include numerous magazine articles, essays, short stories, and More Towels, his coming-of-age memoir about life on the road.
Jarrett is an avid cyclist, skier, and surf skier. So where do you find these characters? How do you make them breathe? Observe the people around you. Examine how they speak, how they behave, their tics and twitches, pauses and stutters, the phrases and movements they repeat.
Notice, too, what they omit, how they sometimes express themselves without words, how they sometimes choose not to express themselves at all.
That, too, can have meaning. Analyze what makes them distinctly them and use it. Their flaws and contradictions are what make them interesting think Hitler and his apparent affection for his dogs.
Similarly, a perfect protagonist is little more than a cartoon, one-dimensional and as plausible as a moose on ice skates. Most people are neither heroes nor villains. They are more complex, more interesting, more like us.
Endow your characters with flaws, faults, weaknesses. Allow your heroes to fail and your villains an occasional success without electing them President, please. Create characters who are rich and complex, flawed and sometimes contradictory, and your readers will find the depth required to immerse themselves.
Be compassionate, or at least empathetic toward your characters. When writing, avoid passing judgment on even those characters who do terrible things. Your job is not to judge them, but to portray them honestly and accurately.
Let readers see them clearly and draw their own conclusions. Let them find the truth. This search and discovery will keep them reading and caring and believing.
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