In writing any book that will become a trilogy or epic novel, you need a couple of regular and complex characters. It would be nice to write a book about only two people but can you imagine how boring that would be. What are they going to do? Drink coffee and watch movies for the next 350 pages?
In a mystery novel, you need to develop characters with backgrounds, hobbies, glitches, and etc.
My character Natalie has a past. Her past has no part in the murder of her husband but it gives you insight as to who she is. If you understand her, you can relate to her. Even though, how she was raised or where she was raised had nothing to do with why her husband was murdered, it challenges the reader to toggle with the fact that she may have done it.
In order to deflect the obvious, more people needed to be involved. Surely if she was to claim her innocence, other characters had to come into play. Someone needed a motive or a reason to murder her husband but where do they come from and how do they look?
To invoke inspiration, I searched different images of people. Once I decided the type of people I wanted to use, I did an exercise. I used the web searched images to help build characters. The images allowed me to add depth to my story.
Here is an exercise for you. Listed below are three images.
- Who are these people?
- How can you relate them to your story?
- What type of descriptive words can you use to describe them?
- What is their story and how do they affect your main character?
No matter your writing genre, a good/evil character, can make or break your story.
Character roles can be small or enormous, it doesn’t matter as long as they correlate with the main person in some form or fashion.
Happy writing to all my new novelist and bloggers!