10 things to consider when creating characters for your novel

CHARACTER TYPING-Temperament

  • It is advisable to be very deliberate about the character you are creating/typing. This determines how he or she reacts to situations and circumstances in the story plot.
  • There are four major types of character namely the ‘Melancholy, Phlegmatic, Choleric and Sanguine.
  • According to Tim Lahaye’s book on temperament, no one person has a single temperament, but a constitution of two or three in various percentages. These can them impact on the overall character of the person. For instance a personality with a Melancholic and Sanguine traits in 50-50 proportions may tend to be highly intelligent, highly volatile temper, and could be an emotional time bomb. He could be capable of so much evil and good at the same time. If you want to create such a character, it therefore behoves you to learn more about these individual temperament and how they affect attitudes, behaviour and response to situation and how they fit into our story plot and theme.

 

CHARACTER TYPING-Occupation

  • This is also very important in character typing and how they fit into roles.
  • If you are typing a character into a story plot that involves a military man. You need to learn about the military and how things function in that domain. You need to learn how a soldier lives, their routines and lifestyle, their beliefs, creed, and how all these affects their temperament.
  • If you are writing about a journalists, you may also need to understand how journalists live, the terms used and what the professional demands of them.
  • This also goes for writing about Nuns, Architects, Accountants, Bankers, Artisans, and the likes.
  • This will help you paint the picture appropriately

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