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Recently, we discussed how to make your characters more three-dimensional in my latest article, 7 Secrets to Building Awesome Characters. But what happens when you create a character so awesome, they’ve been overdone?

Well, here’s one little secret I’m going to let you in on; they probably have. That’s not to say they aren’t good, but it more than likely means you’re not going to “WOW!” anyone.

Like in everyday life, we judge everything.  For instance, if you meet a perfect stranger, you immediately categorize them according to the groups you recognize. Are they male or female? Are they taller or shorter than you? Larger or smaller? Darker or lighter skinned? What colored eyes do they have? What colored hair do they have? What kind of accent do they have? All this tells us, subconsciously, who they may be, where they possibly came from, and what culture or background we believe they have, all without asking them.

And it’ll be done to your character’s as well.

It’s built into our biology. The more like us the stranger is, the safer and more secure we feel.

Characters can just as easily make a good or bad first impression, which can ultimately make or break your book. As writers, we can use this to our advantage, but we must approach this with caution. A character that brings in a stereotype is normally met with recognition by the audience, but that can be where their interest ends.

Stereotyped characters can come off boring and predictable, which can make your story boring and predictable. However, if they are able to break the stereotype, you have introduced a reason for your audience to become curious, and their interest will spike!

Here are 4 examples of Popular Characters (with stereotypes) that could slay your novel or potentially earn you a book deal!

Some of the most exciting moments about writing any story is building the characters. They are the most important aspects – aside from your plot – that bring your story to life. Without them, you would have nothing but empty words between pages of a book; a lifeless story with no complexity or deeper meaning to keep your audience engaged.

Characters are the soul of fictional literature, the things we often dream and fantasize about after reading. They are the connection that transports us into the story and allows us to become a part of the narrative. Whether they are small and brief, or large and in-charge, characters are meant to drive the story along a wild journey from start to finish.

But, what no one tells you about Character Development is that there is no quick cut way to giving life to your characters.

Often, you’ll find articles expressing how easy it is to build them, but what they don’t mention is that just giving your characters a name and an occupation isn’t going to do anything to help your book.

Here are 7 things you need to know that no writer will come out and tell you.

Hey there, I’m Crystal Maddux! I help aspiring author’s design and create a stunningly unique fiction manuscript. Learn more…

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