How to Make Your Characters Believable
by Filipa Fonseca Silva
On both my books readers said that my characters were so real that they know people like them. My “secret” is simple: I imagine every detail in their lives.
If my story is about 40 year-old man, I try to imagine what he was like growing up, what kind of relations he had with his family, who were his friends, his pets, his favorite band. All this stuff defines people’s personality and future decisions.
I addition to that, I try to imagine the characters physiognomy – even if I don’t want to describe the character to the readers in detail, I must have that information in the back of my mind. I give the characters traces of people I know or I’ve seen, so that they become more alive in my head. If it’s hard for you to mix fiction and reality, look for a stranger in a magazine and clip that image.
Bottom line: you must know your characters as well as you know a good old friend.
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Genre - Contemporary Fiction
Rating – PG13
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