If you’re a writer, you’ve pondered what most of us writers have: How do I make a great character? I have written many books and short stories, only to get to the end and say, “Dang, this character really sucks.”

I didn’t create a crappy character on purpose. I don’t think any of us do. But as the plot went on, my character started getting boring. Because of this, I started doing more research. I’m writing this blog in hopes that my research can help you!

Here are four things I’ve learned:

  1. Give your character VALUES.
    What do they value? It could be anything! Do they value their education, family, friends, possessions?
  2. Give your character QUIRKS.
    Some examples of quirks: being a germophobe, a perfectionist, breathing with their mouth open, having a certain fear (maybe it’s heights), always wearing a certain piece of clothing, wearing too much jewelry, etc.
  3. Give your character DREAMS.
    Do they dream of being a rockstar one day? How about a rocket scientist? Do they dream of taking over the planet, preparing a five-star meal for the president, having twenty children? Their dream could be absolutely anything! Have fun with this!
  4. Give your character PASSIONS.
    This is not to be confused with your character’s values or dreams. They could have a passion for sewing while valuing their family and having a dream to be a famous novelist one day. They could have a passion for reading, writing, swimming, caring for people, the list goes on!

One resource that has helped me tremendously is the YouTube videos of lectures by Brandon Sanderson. These videos are almost always one hour long. But, if you’re serious about writing, I suggest you take the time to watch them! You won’t regret it!

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