Characterization Tips, in creative writing What are some tips on making your characters come to life. I don't want my characters to be boring and dull. How can I make them relatable and believable and funny? Are there any procedures or tips you have for me?

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Connecting characters to a particular gesture can be a nice way to physicalize and personalize them.

For instance, a father character might run his hands through his hair while mumbling to himself every time his child does something crazy. 

Repetition is key to creating a fictional world, especially in long form fiction. Repetition also creates patterns and expectations, setting up the potential for surprise and humor when those patterns are broken. 

 

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People-watching is a great idea.  Be observant about how your friends and family interact with each other--not just what they say, but how they respond, facial reactions, body language. 

I also recommend reading some modern, popular writers who employ great characterization.  Learn from the best.

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Listen to how people talk and give your characters an opportunity to dialogue with each other in a way that sounds realistic. Most young writers either skip dialogue altogether, or make their characters sound like they are reciting an essay.

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