Make your character believable

Make your character believable

writer6Ardain Isma

Fiction may not be real, but it is based on reality. That is precisely why readers’ emotions could either swell or dwindle as the plot drives on. Writers pen stories based—whether loosely or not—on their own personal experiences. Most novelists begin their stories with a protagonist that is much like them. The narrative, however, may take a dangerous course. Like everything else in life, unforeseen events could derail someone’s life and dash his hope. That’s realistic.

So, how do you make your character believable? It is the conventional wisdom that a person must be judged by his actions, not by what they say about him—praises or lies. While adjectives are modifiers that are commonly used to describe a character, action verbs are used to judge him. For instance, instead of saying Suzie is such an impeccable dancer, you would rather say, “Suzie twists, stirs, and whirls on the dancefloor…..”  All three verbs have similar meaning—rotate. As you all know, they differ in intensity. That plays well in a reader’s mind. Here, the reader can see for himself how skillful Suzie is when it comes to dancing. Action speaks louder than word!

Note: Ardain Isma is a novelist and editing manager at CSMS Magazine . He heads the Center for Strategic and Multicultural Studies. He also teaches Introduction to Research Studies at Embry Riddle University. To see his books, click here.

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