Creating characters to people your story can be a bit intimidating. You don't want stick figures numbly walking through your plot just doing what you want them to do. Don't get me wrong you need control, but there's a trick to it. And it has to do with characterization and building believable characters readers will see as three-dimensional. They can't be all good, nor can they be all bad.
There are specific points to cover while creating a character, and we'll talk about one each week:
* breathing life into your characters
* giving your characters knowledge
* making your characters appealing
* controlling your characters.
Today we'll tackle breathing life into your characters.
1. give your character a commanding presence
2. make sure his/her presence fits the role
3. determine whether your character complements other characters
4. give your character appropriate identifiers that fit him/her.
Giving your character a commanding presence means to give them a trait to be remembered. i.e. busybody, shy, outgoing, rude, fun-loving, etc.
Making sure your character's presence fits the role means to make sure you don't have a main character who is rude and suddenly he becomes very thoughtful with no motivation.
Determining whether your main character complements other characters means to make sure the commanding presence of your characters aren't the same. You shouldn't have four shy characters. Remember contrast makes characters memorable.
Giving your characters appropriate identifiers means to have their actions fit them. i.e. a shy character may hide her face behind a lock of hair, bite her lip, or chew her fingernails.
I'm sure I've only scratched the surface.