Tuesday, March 3, 2015

How To Create a Realistic Character

Hello!! So I've been thinking a lot lately on what exactly makes a character realistic, and people like realistic characters. This post can be for an aspiring young author, or an experienced one looking to improve. I am not a professional of anything, so you defiantly don't have to trust me on any of this. But I read a lot of books, and over the years I've picked up some things that I like in characters. Hope this helps you in some way!

Do all of the thing below fall under the category of creating complex charcters. By that, I mean they should be as much like a true human being as possible. To be honest, this is extremely difficult and requiepres a lot of practice! I'm hoping these put you on the right track!


Have you ever met a person with no hobbies or interests? Probably not. Even if you're writing about a character who has lost interest in activities, they need to have had hobbies at some point. This could be sports, clubs, the Internet, whatever. Hobbies are vital to a realistic character, even if they take place at a different time than today. Remember, though, many real people have interests all over the place. Don't have a character only interested in sports, they should be good at something else too.


This is VERY important. I'm starting to take back what I said before about hobbies. All people worry about something. School, friends, family members, pets, even themselves. You shouldn't have a character that's always sure they're going to win the competion. Confidence is fine, but even the most confident of people waver at times. Characters should possibly also worry about the people around them (friends, family, etc.), as most people are in real life.


Perfect characters are maybe some of the most frustrating. When I say flaws, by the way, I mean flaws that really effect how they do at whatever their goal is. Ex. a learning disorder, unable to make friends, can't use a certain weapon well, emotional, etc. This is vital to a character, and helps readers better relate and sympathize with them.

Self Doubt:

This kind of goes back to worries a little bit, but this one is important enough to bring it up again. Everyone, no matter who or where they are, doubts themselves at some point in their lives. It can also help your readers to better relate to your charcters, because we've all felt that way at some point or another.

No Good/Bad Guys:

No one ever really knows that they are doing the right thing. You should always provide reasons for why characters are doing what they are doing. The majority of people don't kill others just for the heck of it. There must be a backstory, a reason why your characters want their goal in the first place. Authors should write characters like they are writing out the story of a real person. Nobody should be a good or bad guy. Everyone does good and bad things, but never just one. And they should always have reasoning behind it. (BTW, being mentally insane can be a reason, just wanted to make that clear!!)

Woo!! Hope this helps some of you that may be struggling with creating realistic characters. For some of you it may help to create a chart to figure out their hobbies, flaws, whatever, just to get yourself organized. I usually just keep it all straight in my head, pretend like my characters are real people, but this doesn't work for everyone. Try some different stuff out, though, and see what works best for you! 

Hope I helped some of you guys and tell me if you would like to see any more writing help posts! I'd be happy to try! Thanks for reading!!!! :)

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