C is for Character Confession
One of the most important aspects of a successful story is a strong character that readers adore. Think about your favorite characters in books. They're heroic, relatable, and full of life. Readers love these characters because they come alive on the page and live their OWN life in their OWN world.
Check out The 100 Best Characters in Fiction Since 1900, and see if your favorite made the list.
When writing a novel, and even when writing a story, you have to allow your characters to live on their own. They have to be lovable and relatable. And even the villains must provoke that love-to-hate feeling within readers.
One of the best techniques to bring your characters to life is to get them to confess.
If you treat your characters like they exist without the necessity of your fingertips and imagination, it will be easier for them to live on their own. If you confront them, they'll be willing to spill their innermost thoughts, secrets, pains, and desires.
So try confronting your characters? Start out small, asking simple, easy questions such as, "Tell me about yourself," just to establish the comfort zone. Then move forward to asking stronger points, such as "What is your biggest fear?" and "What do you want the most?" Don't restrict the answers you receive, as you can always include/ignore the points that you choose. But during this exercise, use open and free communication to get your characters to reveal the most information possible in the time that you are given.
Good luck! And let me know how it goes! I will be applying this technique today too in order to get a confession from my main character!
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