Hey there! It is Sunday 5th of April and we are onto our second step to writing a book, check out the first step in the last post called TAMING THE START if you missed it. If you’ve graduated from that post then a big, massive well done and any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. So if you were here yesterday, you would have made a plan for your book or at least have a few ideas. If you want some advice, here it is, be creative! No one’s forcing you to write what you don’t like and you don’t have to rush. Just take your time.
Now without further ado, I welcome you to our second step on the journey to writing a book: CREATING LOVABLE CHARACTERS!
Now loads of people ask: How is it that when I read about a character in a book, I feel connected to them and when they are hurt, I feel hurt, when they are happy, I am happy and when they are angry, I am furious?
Well an author creates a character in a way that they know for sure that particular audience will love them. Take your favourite book of all time and choose your favourite character, whether good or bad. As they grow older in a series of books, you see their bad and good times and by the time you have finished the series they are practically your best friend.
Let’s take Ron Weasley from Harry Potter.
He has many followers because of his personality. He is hilarious, fun, daft sometimes, scared of spiders and is a good friend to Harry Potter.
This makes him popular in the series of books amongst readers.
Now let’s create your character. We’ll start with names. Names are really important. Don’t choose ordinary names like Jack or Harriet. Depending on your character, if your character is bubbly and fun, it might have a weird nickname, if your character is serious or wealthy, it might have a more formal name.
Here are some and unique names from books:
Hiccup from how to train your dragon
Sherlock from sherlock Holmes
Katniss from the Hunger games
Frodo from lord of the rings
Zanna from the last dragon chronicles ( I think this name is the coolest!)
Next up is description. You need to describe your character in the book so the reader can imagine exactly how they look like. You know…. I think we need to make another plan…. Here’s mine from a book that I am currently working on, you can copy my layout.
Name: Katerina Carter
Hair colour: jet black
Eye colour: emerald
Description: She was a tall and slim girl with pink apple cheeks, striking emerald eyes and long sheets of jet black hair that cascaded down to her waist and framed her perfectly shaped face. She had inherited a snow-white mallen streak from her late father, which ran down the side of her head, creating a cruella de ville type of look.
How she talks: She talks with a hint of a rich accent and loves to start absolutely pointless arguments and win them.
How she behaves: It is not easy to hurt her feelings and does not let anyone push her around. She is messy, cheeky in her talk and her eyes are always glittering with amusement and mischief.
Habits: She pushes some hair behind her left ear whenever she’s nervous. She bites her lip when she wants to talk and makes choking sounds when she laughs.
That’s my layout but you can add as many different things as you like and detail is very important so pay attention to that.
The best part of making characters, in my opinion, is creating villains. For a challenge, I wrote a short story on Vampires lurking which you can find here:
And I absolutely adored creating these villains! There were three characters, Damien, a dumb vampire who only cares about blood, Luther, a vampire who thinks he knows everything and Elena, Oh my godddd…. I looooved writing about her! She’s so cunningly cool and says the most hilarious things in her arguments with Luther and Damien, check out that link now people!
Anyway, almost every story has a bad guy, enemy or Villain. And trust me… You’ll have much more fun with them and you can play around with their personalities. They can either be really, really bad, or they could be that clever villain with a humorous personality like… Moriarty from Sherlock Holmes.
Man, that guy really creeps me out but he’s such a good, funny character. Or you could just have that dumb villain that your main character beats every time, but that’s a little bit… Boring, don’t you think?
So for villains you can choose a unique name and… What I love most about them is that you can plant them discreetly everywhere your main character goes and then introduce them closer to the end.
For example in my story, the jolly cook who Katerina teases and talks to every now and then is one of the people trying to kidnap Katerina. I planted her discreetly and now I will present to you an extract from my book with Katerina’s reaction:
My fingers closed around the gold door knob and I inhaled a shaky breath. Please let my sister be in here, I repeated desperately in my head. I twisted it and pushed the door open gently. It creaked on its hinges, yawning widely, inviting me into the dim room. A candle flickered on the familiar beside table, brightening the room a little as I tiptoed over to the four poster bed. Taking a deep breath, I pulled back the heavy red curtain and stared hopefully. Nothing. Nicola wasn’t there. “Hello Katerina.” someone whispered, making me jump as I whipped around.
“Cook” I muttered, relieved. The plump, jolly cook smiled. “What are you doing here Kat, my dear?” My mouth opened and closed, searching for explanations. “I’ve come to save my sister” I nodded, tapping my thumbs together. “I don’t suppose you know.. Where she is?”
Cook chuckled gently. “When did you become so naughty sweetie?” she stepped out of the shadows and massaged my shoulders. I looked around. “Please Cook, I really need her!”
“My dear, Nicola has gone.” Cook told me, still smiling. I shook my head in disbelief. “No! Where has she gone? She can’t be gone!”
Cook led me to the wardrobe and leaned me against it. “They got rid of her” she murmured, stroking my cheek with cold hands. I pulled away. “Who? Why!” I yelled. She clamped a hand over my mouth. “The girl was snooping around too much” she whispered. I beat her hand with a fist and tried to scream but she swung open the wardrobe and threw me in. My eyes grew wide with terror. Was cook on their side?Cook grinned. “And soon my dear.. We’ll get rid of you as well!” the wardrobe doors slammed shut and I heard Cook lock it. I punched it hard and sank down onto the dusty floor. Then I started to cry.
I know that was a little long but I really hope you liked it and I would loooove feedback!
Okay, so you’ve got some characters, got a villain, let’s talk about flaws. Everyone loves a character that is not all good and not all perfect. Give your main character some imperfections! For example, your character has some bad looks but laughs about it. Or he/she are jealous of someone or they’re shy about something. The more flaws, the better!
You could even base your character on yourself if you like.
This is the end of CREATING LOVABLE CHARACTERS, I hope I really helped you with your story, any questions and feedback are absolutely welcome!
Writing quote of the day:
Homework: I want to see your character fact file and your villains. I want a paragraph of a description of any of your characters.
And I’ll see you tomorrow with our next course: INTRIGUING SETTINGS!
Thank you so much for joining, stay safe peeps and do your homework!