beautlies Presents: How to Write Characters

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Hi people!

I'm Sevval from Turkey. I'm writing stories under the username beautlies and this is my third time in this exciting event with lots of talented people: Wattpad Block Party. Thanks to Kelly for hosting such a beautiful event that unites everyone & to all my supporters who helped me become who I am today.

I'm also excited because this month is my birthday month (15th August). And dropping this because I'm so in the mood:

Anyway, I will stop mumbling and lead you to my post

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Anyway, I will stop mumbling and lead you to my post...about character writing. Hope you like it!

Sev xx

CHARACTER WRITING

In a story, characters matter as much as the writing style, if not more. They are the ones who are the story so it's essential that they are relatable, and they make sense. "When writing a novel, a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature," said Ernest Hemingway.

People often ask me how I make my characters have distinct voices. I'm nowhere an expert of writing nor characters but since this is a question I get often, I thought sharing my way to write characters would be a nice touch.

KNOW THEM WELL

When you are writing a character, the first thing you should do is to get to know them. Of course, this isn't something you can do at the beginning of the story but from the start, you can at least specify some aspects of a character. For example, in my story Nobody, I identified Gail as strong headed, sensitive, and independent before I even started writing. Knowing your character helps you keep a solid voice throughout the story. A person isn't solid though, the plot you set may bend them, but they still have a skeleton and that won't change.

A story has lots of characters so it's a bit tricky to make them sound all different. Some people list down the traits of each character they write, and I think this is the most guaranteed method. Here's one example of a character profile I've made for River Hill in Misplaced: 

 Here's one example of a character profile I've made for River Hill in Misplaced: 

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