Character counts!

Good character development is believable and rounds out a well-written character. Here’s how to get a character noticed.

Back Story: A good writer has a strong sense of each character’s Back Story, as it gives the character or characters texture and shadings and keeps them from being two-dimensional. It provides an excellent source to give the reader new information which had been withheld to create suspense.

Verbal Tic: It can be a word, sound, or phrase that shows up in various places in a character’s dialogue.

Catch Phrase: It should be always the same and be repeated multiple times.

Phobia: Fear of blood, snakes, spiders, heights, germs, needles, etc.

Angst: Divorce, death of a parent or sibling, bereavement, illness, poverty, parental favoritism, losing a boyfriend or girlfriend, jealousy, embarrassment, etc.

Collector: Can you give a character something to collect? The possibilities are almost endless: Normal things like movies, stamps, baby animals figurines, bottle caps, books, action figures, Legos, or it could be something bizarre maybe a collection of various types of toenails.

The Big Entrance: Giving a character a big entrance will grab your reader’s attention and could be use to help define them. But it needs to be over-the-top and cool, ensuring that every character’s eyes are on that entrance.

Character Tics: Facial expressions and physical gestures as idioms. Things like Spock’s “Fascinating” eyebrow-raise, the wide eyes of surprise, the “these people are crazy” eye-roll, the furrowed brow of anger, the other kind of furrowed brow of concentration, and the lip-curl of disgust.