There are many elements to consider as you write your novel but including memorable characters is perhaps the most important of all. We all remember characters that resonated with our hearts, long after closing the last page of a book. Classic characters favored and remembered by many include Sherlock Holmes, Jane Eyre, Harry Potter, Anne of Green Gables, Rhett Butler and Madame Bovary to name but a few. Some of these characters represent benevolent goals (justice) or personal (love) while others surprise us as we find ourselves liking a character we know we shouldn’t.
How do you draft characters layered with complexities and who leap off the page with three dimensional force, leaving your readers grasping for more? Remember your favorite characters – the ones you love the most? Why are they so compelling? What traits do they possess?
I’ve compiled a character worksheet you may find helpful—listing elements you may consider…
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