By: C.A. Szarek
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That declaration could be anything—they did something that doesn’t fit the personality they previously presented in the book, was against their motivations, or just something so plain stupid we roll our eyes.
Depending on what we’re reading, the suspension of disbelief might be necessary, but sometimes authors take it too far. As a reader, we’re all pretty discerning, right?
We know what’s “real” and what’s not. What makes sense, and what doesn’t.
We all like that story we get into it so much it’s like we’re walking beside the hero or heroine. Talking with them, maybe even doing naughty things with them, to them? LOL.
The better the characters, the better the read. The more we crave from that author.
My characters are real to me. They are people who live in my head. No, really. And no, I don’t have multiple personalities, nor do I need meds. (I’d like to think anyway).
So how do I make them as real to you, the reader as I do to me?
Honestly, I’m not sure it a conscious thing for me. I write them, and the further I go, the further they unfold for me, develop before my eyes. They tell me what they love and hate, what they are good at. Every hero and heroine has a “super” power. Something they excel at. Something to make us admire them.
I think a good character is like a good friend.
We love them, but on the other hand, we get mad at them sometimes, too. And THAT’S OKAY!
They have flaws, and quirks.
Just like we do in real life. A perfect character is in essence, far from perfect, and that right there is why we love them.
A good, believable character presents us with consistent actions, reactions, choices. If they go left-field at any time, for me as a reader, the author dang-well better give me a credible reason. If not, the book loses interest for me, and as an author, that’s my biggest fear!
If someone doesn’t finish one book, they won’t pick up another from that particular author! Books are generally not expensive, right, but they still cost money!
The deeper we go with characters, the more we understand them, the more we love them. The more we root for them, we WANT them to succeed. WANT them to get the girl, the job, hell, even the dog—if that’s what they want.
I think every writer is different. Some do detailed character sheets, with everything documented from eye color to middle name. They jot everything that makes up WHO they’re telling the story about. This is great, whatever works for you.
Personally, I don’t really know a character until I start writing them. Getting to know them as the story unfold is what makes my characters real—for me and the story.
No way is wrong, as long as the characters are real.
So what makes a character real to you? What is a pet peeve about heroes and heroines?
Two winners will be selected from all the commenters, and I will give away a book to each! Winner’s choice of Collision Force (Crossing Forces Book One) OR Chance Collision (Crossing Forces Book Two)! Please make sure you leave your email with your comment!
I’m excited to see what makes characters believable to you guys!
Vowing to protect her had nothing to do with feelings.
Detective Pete Crane catches a new shooting case and considers it business-as-usual. But when the lead witness is the Chief of Police’s fiery assistant, he never anticipated she’d challenge him—personally and professionally. Especially while under his protection.
Little do they know, the shooting she and her grandmother witnessed was anything but random.
Thrown together, their attraction sizzles, even though she’s squarely in the no-fly zone. She makes him break every rule in his little black book.
Nikki Harper has been attracted to Pete since they met two years ago. Witnessing a brutal shooting throws her into a stigma that’s always been her greatest fear: a victim. She has no choice but to accept his protective custody and let him help save her and her beloved grandmother.
Can Pete protect his witness and solve the case, while fighting the intense heat with Nikki?
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