CharactersA Lesson by Jewel Ailiyah-Celeste Lanmont
Here you learn how to describe your characters. *This could be done before plotting*
Plotting may be hard, but sometimes creating characters is even harder. So, how do you create characters?
It's simple: from your head. Now, ask yourself a question: what type of people are there in this world? If it's not a person: what type of animals? And, if it isn't a real animal: what does that mythical creature look like in your head?
Ask yourself what it looks like, and if you want to draw it: you could. In fact, if you draw it, it might be easier to write the description. You don't exactly have to write the whole description in the book, but you might want to know it in your head so that you could see your character.
Naming Your Characters
This can be difficult. I always have difficulty in naming my characters, and in fact, most of my names come from a website - not my head.
I would suggest get a baby name book, or type in baby name genie in Google and see what happens there. Sometimes, after looking at names, you might get one that isn't in the book. But the one important thing: make sure that the name fits the character (matters on who you are as a whole) and matches with the setting and society of the book. For example: you can't have "John" be a native-born African - the name isn't really African. You can't name a person Jacob and have him be an alien - the two things don't really match.
Describing Your Characters
Again, imagine the person and imagine seeing him/her in real life. That gives you an idea and ask yourself many questions about who he is. Here is some questions:
- What creature is this character?
- Is he tall or short?
That sort of questions. Continue on. One idea might be to ask friends to describe some good qualities in a person that they might like so that YOU could build up upon that.
In the Book
Make sure you don't describe TOO much in the book. You have to make sure that you describe characters so that people could see the characters and know what they might look like. But if a description is too long: the reader might drop the book and never read it again. Ask your friends to read the descriptions: and if they say "it's too long," ask them what's the most important part in this description. If they say, "it's too short," ask them what you should add for them to understand the character. Also, if you think that something is too long or short, then something is wrong. Change it.
Creating a Life
Make sure that you know what you are doing. Don't change the character's description too much. What I mean is, don't say that he is blond in one sentence, and then the fact that his hair is blue in the other sentence. That'll just confuse the reader. Also, pretend that he/she is your friend. Talk to him and imagine him being in situations that might occur in your book. Sometimes it might be good to get a diary for him/her. In this diary: create 9-10 sentences about his day, his emotions, what he likes/dislikes, etc.
Imagine being him, and going to this world and understanding his point of view on things. Basically: starting BEING him so that you could understand him more as you write the story.
I hope that these suggestions help. Remember: if you get stuck on a character: wait a day or two, imagine, yet not too much so that you get stuck even more. But still, create characters - because if you don't, there won't be no book!
Added on April 28, 2010
Last Updated on April 28, 2010
Jewel Ailiyah-Celeste Lanmont
AboutHello World! I'm Jewel and really like to write. My other favorite things to do is: horseback ride, read, learn about animals, play piano and hang out with my baby brother who is super cute! I want to..