BUILDING YOUR STORY CHARACTER’S PERSONALITY

THE CHARACTER’S PERSONALITY (1)

Personality refers to individual characteristic, patterns of thinking, feeling and mannerisms. That is, understanding how the various parts of a character come together.

It’s important to understand how you reveal the personality of your characters to your readers.

You can do this through various approaches including:

  1. DRESSING
  2. CHARACTERS RELATIONSHIPS
  3. CHARACTER DECLARATION
  4. CHARACTERS INTERESTS
  5. CHARACTERS MEMORIES.

DRESSING

If you choose to show off the personality of your character via their clothing, then you should ask yourself questions like:

* What does my character’s clothing or style of dressing say about them?

*What does my main character’s dressing say about him or her? 

*Is their personality actually being portrayed the way I want them to be?

 

For a mild illustration, here’s how I captured the personality of the main character in my flash fiction, ‘Bow and Arrow’

 

‘ …Standing in front of her open closet; that is overrunning with stylish dresses and blazers, she pulls out a lapel jacket.

Peering into her wall mirror, she brushes her Brazilian weave and throws the jacket on her body finishing off her look with a golden chain belt… ‘

From this illustration, it’s easy to detect that my main character is a stylish modern woman and an ultra-modern fashionista.

Often times, one can argue that character’s dressing may not say all about the character, but it sure gives off some information.

You can even go further to tell us why your character dresses that way.

This might sound like gibberish to your ears now so let me show you how it works in this illustration.

In the Novel, ’What matters most‘ by Melody Carlson here’s how the main character’s personality is revealed,

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