Thursday, May 26, 2016

Why Your Characters Are So Important

Hi everyone!:)
As I was watching a few of The Clone Wars episodes with my brother and sister, I was trying to figure out why I was so not interested in this certain story that they were telling. The plot was pretty good, it was about these droids and a frog-like guy that were trying to find an encryption module on a Separatist ship and everything that transpired because of that mission.
Yet I was not liking it one bit.
I was dying to skip the next few episodes where it was over, and so were my brother and sister. When we sat down to watch Clone Wars, we felt like we were wasting our time on the most boring story ever.
I don't usually touch my phone when I'm watching Clone Wars, but I couldn't put it down when I was watching these episodes. I had to consciously tell myself to focus.XD
You get the gravity of the situation now.
But as I watched it, I asked myself why I wasn't liking it. If Obi-Wan Kenobi and Ahsoka, for example, were the ones on the mission, then I would have loved it.
Then it hit me.
I didn't like the characters at all.
The frog guy was annoying, the droids had no personality (except R2-D2), and that was what was making me, if not my brother and sister, so bored. The plot was decent, but the characters were boring. I didn't connect.
That got me thinking about just how important characters are to your story, maybe even more so than the plot, dare I say it. The plot obviously needs to be good, too, but your characters are what really make or break the story. If your character is bland, who in the world would want to read your story? If your story is lacking, maybe it's time to reevaluate your characters and make some hard choices.:)
That's just something to think about when you're writing.:)
 
I'm an amateur writer and I don't know that much about character creating and stuff, but I've been learning and thinking and I believe that the bulk of your character comes from their past, their back story. So, if you want your character to be better, coming up with a back story for them (if you don't have one already) could be the next step.
People's pasts are truly what makes them who they are. How they were treated as kids can make them react in certain ways as teenagers or adults. Pick up a pen and paper and figure out your character's back story. I think it will be worth your while.:)
 
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I hope you liked this post and thought it was helpful.:)
-Emma-
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14 comments:

  1. Great post! This definitely set me thinking on how I can make my characters more interesting. One of my characters, "Rose Elmtree" in a story I write on my blog has a past, but she only touches on it at one point in the story.
    I really like what you said about "People's pasts are truly what makes them who they are. How they were treated as kids can make them react in certain ways as teenagers or adults."
    ~Kathryn

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    1. Thank you so much, Kathryn!:) The good thing about having your character's pasts in your mind is that it'll bleed into your story and make them more realistic, even if they don't go monologuing about their past!;D Thank you!:)
      -Emma-

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  2. This is an awesome post, Emma! I was just thinking last night how I need to make backstories for a novel I'm plotting. I'm heading off to do that right now! :D
    I would love to see more of these posts!
    ~Grace <3

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    1. Thank you, Grace!:) I hope you have fun with it!:)
      -Emma-

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  3. great post, characters are really important for the story without interesting characters the reader will probably get bored and stop reading or watching whatever it is.

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    1. Thank you! Yeah, definitely!:)
      -Emma-

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  4. Oh my gosh are you talking about those episodes? When I first watched them I was trying my hardest not to skip them. It was so boring!
    Yes! Characters are so important. It's hard though for me to make unique ones because I don't want to get stuck with stereotypical character types. although some are good :)
    I have lots of stories on hold right now and I keep on thinking up more, but I keep telling myself to focus :)
    One of my older brothers makes up some of the coolest unique stories, (he taught me some of the drawing techniques I know:) He was telling me how the plot, characters and the them and etc. Have to tie together or else it's a random jumble :)
    Great post!

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    1. Yep, those terrible four episodes or whatever.;D Yeah, it's hard sometimes! That's so cool!:) Thank you!
      -Emma-

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  5. i would love to see more posts like these! Your writing advice is so helpful! :D

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  6. Character are definitely the core to a good story! Love this post. It reveals a lot most people don't think about very deeply. <3

    Sophia xx
    A Lantern In Her Hand
    The Inkpot Girl

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    1. Thank you so much, Sophia!:)
      -Emma-

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  7. I discovered that th characters you like are the ones who are over the top. Take Han Solo for instance. Hilariously cool.

    C3P0 has a personality all his own and he's hilarious.

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    1. I realized too late that you meant "you" as in a general you, not you as in me.XD But yeah, I would say people might be more drawn to those kinds of characters.:)
      -Emma-

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