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How to make your characters relatable

Posted by CreateSpaceBlogger on Jan 29, 2018 5:28:12 AM

If you want to reach your readers, you have to make your characters relatable. That is to say they have to be familiar. A reader must either see themselves in a character or see people they know in the characters you write. Here are three ways to do just that:


1. Don't make them perfect: Failure is a part of life. If your characters never fail and suffer the emotional and practical consequences of that failure, your readers are going to have a hard time connecting with them. Our failures make us human. They will make your fictional characters seem just as human.


2. Give them a moral code: Conflict builds character. Most of the time conflict comes from those moments when your moral code is challenged. This challenge presents you with the opportunity to right a wrong or it can push you to violate your own moral code. Your characters should face these internal challenges.


3. Give them something to lose: We all have something or someone (or the plural of both options) in our lives that if lost would devastate us. It would turn our lives upside down and shake us to our core. If the risk of loss would present itself, we would fight tooth and nail to prevent said loss. Give your characters something to lose, and they will share a universal vulnerability that we all share, and your readers will feel empathy for your characters' predicaments.


When you create characters your readers feel like they know, they cross the threshold from casual reader to super fan and become your most vocal supporters.


-Richard

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Richard Ridley is an award winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.


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