Developing characters for a story or a novel can be very difficult, because you are trying to create someone with a personality. Are your characters clumsy, smart, or just plain boring? Having characters with different personalities in a story is needed if you want the reader to get the sense of reality. Having one dominant character while having the others follow his or her every moment is a key to disaster, for no one wants to read a story where every human is doing the same exact thing. To keep from these mistakes, follow the tips on what is good character development.
Tip 1.) Make a few notes on each characters personality and separate the characters by name. This should help you remember what their most dominant qualities are and what are their weaknesses, as well as to which qualities belong to who.
Tip 2.) Never have two characters with the same dominant quality. Unless you want a clash with those particular characters in your story, which is good!
Tip 3.) Characters need goals, things to strive after! Don’t believe me… What do many antagonists usually do in a story? They plot to take over the world!
Tip 4.) Just like people, characters have lives, friendships and problems. You are merely explaining their lifestyle and way of life. So tell the readers the problems the characters face and how they solved them. The problems can range anywhere from not having enough toilet paper to a death in the family. Regardless of the problem, characters make the story what it is.
Tip 5.)Just as what was mentioned, characters have friendships. When creating friendships between characters, think of the friendships you have had. What kinds of things do you do with your friend? What do you and your friend have in common? Do you disagree on some things? What do you agree or disagree with? These questions should help you to envision what these characters should be like.
Well, there are my tips on how to properly develop characters in a story. Remember to read this over or take notes on what you learned and feel free to make these suggestions to others that need the help on character development.