Think of Scarlett O’ Hara from Gone With The Wind or Scout Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird. They never ever lived and they’ll never die. Yet Margaret Mitchell and Harper Lee made their characters so believable they became immortal.
In our special featured series on building fictional characters we are building a reference so you can create characters who think, love, hope, cry, feel pain and even inflict pain.
As an aspiring author or a published novelist you are always working towards the process of building convincing characters for your stories and novels and here we look at three great reads - Marc McCutcheon's Building Believable Characters, Making Faces by 8Fish and Rachel Ballon's Breathing Life Into Your Characters.
Building Believable Characters
Marc McCutcheon, in his book Building Believable Characters, starts by conducting an inspiring and informative roundtable where six novelists reveal their approaches to characterisation. Next, he provides a character questionnaire more detailed than the nosiest survey where you can flesh out the fictional people in your novels and stories.
Breathing Life Into Your Characters
No matter the genre, your characters must be realistic and credible in order for your fiction to work. We know that for a hard-core fact. In this series of building believable characters we are determined to arm you with the knowledge and characteristics of human nature.
Rachel Ballon [Phd] helps us with her book, Breathing Life Into Your Characters by giving you human nature but going further and detailing mental health issues and gives you the ability to describe thoughts and feelings based on their backgrounds and psychological abnormalities - about which you more than likely know nothing.
For example how can you describe the feelings of a drug addict if you have never been one? How can you describe being in prison if you have never been to jail? Let’s face it with the internet today, you can do a huge amount of believable research but you still have to convincingly portray characters even if you have never lived in their skin.
Rachel to the rescue!
In Breathing Life Into Your Characters, this professional psychotherapist shows you how to get in touch with thoughts and feelings necessary to truly understand your fictional people. Read the full review of how to build believable characters.