Regardless of the format you use, strong characters make the best stories. I’ve written about iconic characters in a previous blog. In this blog, I will talk about how I came up with the characters for my novel.
My novel is a story about a South Asian family and it has an ensemble cast. It is about five cousins who discover a family curse and go on a quest to break the curse. Each character is equally important to the story and is there to balance out the other characters. For example, I have a character that is strong headed with a need to control her life, one who is passive as a doormat, one who is too laid back, one who is immature and a bit self-centered, and one who feels like he has lost all control. All of these characters have distinct personalities and issues they deal with in life, but are all connected by blood and by the curse that haunts them.
I spent over two years just researching for my novel before I began writing it. This research included developing my characters. I knew I wanted an ensemble cast and that it was going to be a story about a family curse, but developing each individual character and their storyline took research. Here are some things I did to develop them.
Do you have any character development techniques that I didn’t mention in this blog? Please share them in the comments. I’m always looking to improve my process.
In my upcoming blogs, I will share more of my process with you and introduce you all to my characters. I would also love to hear about your experiences and suggestions that could make this journey more fun and interesting for me. Feel free to leave comments below or contact me personally through this website.
You can sign up for my newsletter at the bottom of the page for updates on my writing, my workshops, and my events.
Stay tuned for more #browngirlwrites blogs.
Happy Writing! :)
Find me on social media. Links at the bottom of the page 👇🏽
Art by Loso F. Perez of Prime Vice Studios
These blogs explore my writing process and highlight my favorite writers and books.