5 Tips for More Interesting Characters

Are you characters boring? Are critics telling you that they’re flat and have no personality? I ran into this exact situation a few weeks ago. Follow these simple steps for more colorful, interesting characters. 

1: Give Them A Habit

What does your character do every day? Do they check their social media? Read the paper? Walk the dog? By knowing their habits, readers can better know your character. 

2. Give Them A Hobby

Hobbies are a key personality trait of your characters. Just like every person alive, give your character a favorite past time. 

3. Include Some Insecurities

Overly confident characters are such a bore! Whether it be height, weight, or trying to impress everyone, make sure your characters have something that holds them back. 

4. Loners Are Not For Long Stories

For a few page story, a loner character may work great. But for something longer than a few pages, it’s not the best idea. Always have someone else for your character to talk to every once in a while. Dialogue is key to their personality. 

5. Give Them A Quirk 

Is your character overly apologetic? Self-centered? A downer? Or maybe they’re careless? Always make sure your character has some type of quirk to liven them up. 

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