Great characters do not come along by accident. The writer puts a lot of time into their introduction. They build the character from the ground up with a great foundation and writing techniques to make the players in their story come alive.
As writers, we need to allow our readers to ‘see’ the characters by making them three-dimensional and vivid. There will still be room for mystery and growth, but we need to orientate the reader and give them an idea of who they should be rooting for OR rooting against.
Characters are shown through:
1. Internal thoughts.
2. Physical description.
3. Body language/actions.
4. Their descriptions of other characters.
5. Other character’s descriptions of them.
If you struggle to introduce your characters, return to some of your favorite novels, and look at how the author introduces his/her/their main characters.
Think ‘Scarlett O’Hara,’ ‘Harry Potter,’ and ‘Heidi’ to name just a few of my favorite characters.
Do your best to get all the essential characters on the page at the beginning of the story.
Ignoring a thorough and strong introduction to your characters can be troublesome later in your story. A proper introduction will help with the details and assist you in setting your story’s tone and the reader’s relationship with the character.