Wednesday, May 9, 2012

How to create a Fictional Character in magezine

1.      The type of character you create determines how the story will arc. If the main

character/s are closely aligned with their setting, the arc will begin shallowly, and the

character will tend to blend in with their surroundings and the other characters around

them. If they're diametrically opposed, dramatic conflict will unfold from the very

beginning, and will have to work itself out from there.


2.      Decide if you want to create a protagonist (hero) or antagonist (villain). Maybe you

need a secondary character such as a henchman, a best friend, or a

boyfriend/girlfriend. Do subtleties in character or alleigance affect the way events

play out? You might need anti-heroes (Spike from Buffy), sympathetic villains

(Frankenstein's monster), wild cards (Jack Sparrow), treacherous friends (Iago from

Othello), or a trickster guide (Smeagol/Gollum).

Determine whether the character is male or female, and the approximate age. Age can

3.      show the reader minute details about your character. For example, an older, wise

villain could be portrayed as an aging, lonely man. A naive, enthusiastic hero could be

shown as a young teenage girl or boy. Sometimes these can be

contradictory; Don Quixote was a crotchety old man who'd spent his life in a room

reading chivalry novels, and as naive as they come; it was this naivety that drove him

out to seek adventure and make it up when it was nowhere to be found.

1 comment:

  1. As a creative writing major, I would have to agree that you need to create interesting and dynamic characters in order to make a good story. I don't think it's always necessary to have these kinds of archetypes, but it's a good place to start if you are having trouble creating characters.