How to Introduce a Character

Posted on May 30, 2017

Clinching Character Reveals.

Characters are important vessels in story writing. They execute the story, advance the plot, and give your readers someone to relate to. Creating and revealing characters is important in writing stories. A good writer is one who is able to create not only a character but a complete person.

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Here are some tips you can keep in mind when you start writing with characters and revealing them one by one.

  1. Know What Has to Be Revealed

    There are a few basic things that your character has to have (other than a name). What does your character look like? What’s going on in their head? What are they fighting for/against? What are their dreams? What do they believe in? What do others think of them? You have to reveal the character’s physiology, psychology, habits, goals, perspectives, opinions, beliefs, and criticisms.

  2. Consider Their First Appearance

    How will you introduce your character to your readers and to the characters already in your novel? First impressions are important. Think about how your characters and readers will react. Do you want them to like the character? Do you want them to question the character? Set up the first impression by thoughtfully crafting the setting and the situation in which your character is revealed.

  3. Drop Information Thoughtfully

    You have to reveal quite a lot of things about the character, so don’t do it all at once, and don’t just narrate everything. There are so many ways you can drop information. Throw the character into situations in which they have to make decisions with different stakes. These situations will reveal a lot about your character.

  4. Give Your Character Dimension

    Simply put, make your character human. Give them emotions. Give them something to care about. Allow them to make mistakes. Characters aren’t made to be perfect; they’re made to become lifelike. Don’t build up a character for your readers to idolize; build them up as someone to relate to and learn from.

  5. Make the Reader Ask Questions

    Although you should keep your character consistent in some aspects, let them do out-of-character things every once in a while. Keep your audience interested in the character by making them ask questions. Question the character’s original intentions and promises. Be careful not to overdo this to all your characters, though; otherwise, they might stray too far from their own truths.


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