Boot Camp: The Main Squeezes

Well hello there,

I see your back.

Was last week not hard enough for you? Well get ready, because this week is about to be a whole lot harder.

Last week we went over how to start a plot.

This week?

We’re getting to the Poster of the story, what keeps it looking fresh, the Politicians to our countries; our main characters.

That’s right, we’re talking about how to start with a character (which I actually received a few tips from my friends-something I’m eternally grateful for)!

1. Start with a name- Something I found interesting was discovering that some writers actually chose names with meaning behind them. Choose your character’s name based off of the meaning.

2. Add a positive trait. Make certain to give the character a distinct trait that appears throughout the book-one that remains constant, or perhaps grows stronger.

3. Add a Negative trait. This trait won’t change, but will be something that appears as a battle, or even something they struggle to recognize. Even at the end of the book, let them continue to have this trait; this will give you, and your readers something to relate to.

4. Add traits that coincide with the first two, and then add an odd-ball. One person doesn’t have a set of traits they follow, and internal conflict of your character is very important, this is highly common in popular stories. It’s a unique idea, but once again, gives your reader something they can relate to, and watch eagerly for the change.

5. Add appearance outlines. While in your story you might not describe the character word-for-word, it’s still important to give at least yourself, a general idea of what your character looks like. Uncertain about appearances? Take certain physical traits from your characters (not literally), and add them together.

6. Add a partner-in-crime. Or perhaps, your character is a loner, either way, it’s important to add multiple characters of some sort for dialogue. Using the steps above, create a character that is the bread to your main character(s) butter.

Most importantly, don’t freak out. Creating characters and developing connections with them can be hard, but you’re hard headed, after all, that’s why your here.

I hope to see you back next week, and let’s hope you did your studying, because it’s going to be an interesting one.

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