By: Writer’s Relief Staff
No matter how interesting or innovative your writing might be, a story without three-dimensional characterscan quickly fall flat. There are many techniques you can use to add that extra spark to your characters and give them unique qualities that will set them apart from the rest.
Try these five methods for creating three-dimensional characters:
1. Allow for “out of character” characterization.
Don’t limit your characters to a certain set of behaviors so that your shy character is ALWAYS shy, or your outspoken character is ALWAYS loud. Instead, be open to unexpected character traits. Maybe your straitlaced protagonist dances on tables when he has a few drinks. Or perhaps your bossy heroine gets tongue-tied around her mother. What makes people (and characters) so interesting is how unexpected their behaviors or reactions can be. Ask yourself: Are your characters surprising you with their quirks?
2. Give them a sense of grace, destiny, or belief.
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