Writing Fiction Characters (part 2)

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tattoos-alpha-heroIf you read older romance novels (in fact, anything up to about the 1980s) you’ll find that alpha heroes are often sexist in their attitudes. These days, that’s best avoided unless you’re writing historical fiction – and even then, he needs to get over it at the end. Alpha heroes are not as derogatory of women as they used to be, although they’re usually still strong in character and have a tendency to hide their emotions.

Another important feature of the main character is the ability for them to make mistakes. If the character is completely perfect then they will not connect well with the viewer. Little details help to make them seem real.

If you need to make a character more attractive to the reader, give them something that they love and care for. This could be a pet, a dependent family member young or old, or even a houseplant! Just something that brings out the caring side of the character, and shows that even an alpha hero is vulnerable under his shell.

It is important to develop your character and to design them with a background in place so that there is information about their past. This will stop them from being boring and lifeless and will give them more character. You don’t have to tell the whole of your character’s past life, but is a good idea to develop a brief idea of the type of childhood that your character had so that you can make connections between this childhood and their adult life.

For instance, if the main character is a woman who grew up in a home where abuse took place from a man such as her stepfather, she is unlikely to trust men in her adult life and this can be outlined in the story.

Anything but a short story needs more than two characters, so you will often have a selection of characters that can be described as secondary characters and these are not as detailed in their structure as the main characters. They have their own threads within the story, known as subplots, but it is important that they do not become too overpowering.

A secondary character that becomes too important within the story will create a problem and unbalance the dynamics of the characters. Secondary characters become overpowering if they have more presence or pack a greater emotional punch than the main characters. This will create confusion for the reader.

Writing about the villain can be a tricky task within a story, as you don’t want them to be too likeable. If the hero or heroine are less likeable than the villain, then you have a problem and an unbalanced story. However, you still need to give the villain a human touch and cannot make them out to be a complete monster.

It is important to understand that the heroes and heroines can still do bad things as well as the villain, but as long as they are doing those things for the greater good then it should be seen in a positive way.

2 responses to “Writing Fiction Characters (part 2)

  1. This is a really good tip particularly to those new to writing fiction. Short but very precise info… Thank you for sharing this one. A must read article!|

  2. thanks for the rgeat info

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