When writing, my characters seem to always be superficial/hollow. What are some tips to bring more layers and depth?

Imagine the situation when you meet an interesting person and talk to him/her.

  • What does he/she look like?

Hair color, skin colour, thick, thin, long, short, etc. What can you derive from it? Suppose he/she has something striking in the look, like a big nose, red hair, lots of frects, etc, then you become curious about what that has meant for that person in the past.

  • How does he/she talk?
  • Is there no accent that you repels? Is there no speech impediment, a slis, a stutter? Is he/she talking fast or slow? And what do you make of it in terms of character?

  • If you’ve seen/heard these things, you’ll probably ask a few questions: Where do you come from?
  • Where did you sit/sat at school? How old are you? What are your interests?

  • Then you are going to ask about the origin: from what kind of family do you actually come?
  • Do you have siblings?

  • And then you go to ask how he/she is in life: What are you happy with, where you walk for warm, what are you angry with, how do you keep up with other people?
  • etc, etc.
  • Decide for yourself, as a writer, at which point you decide what you feel for that person.What do you need to know before deciding if you like him/her?

    Now my tip for you: A reader of your story also has a feeling for a character after he knows enough of this kind of thing.And especially when there are a few interesting things in between. Because you find someone interesting and fun that is not average.

    Suppose we put this explanation, by way of example, in addition to the very first page of ‘ The 100-year-old man who climbed and disappeared from the window ‘, it is striking that that whole page contains only answers to the questions I have mentioned above.

    You might think that he could have taken his decision earlier and that he could have been quite enough to tell his surroundings about it.Allan Karlsson, however, had never long been squated. As soon as the idea stuck in his head, he opened the window of his room on the lower floor of the retirement home in the S枚rmlandse Malmk枚ping, climbed out and ended up in a plant perk. The maneuver cost him trouble and that was not so strange, because Allan had become one hundred that day. In less than an hour the birthday party would erupt in the common room of the retirement home. Even the alderman would be present. And the local newspaper. And all the other elderly. And the entire staff, with the evil sister Alice leading the way. Only the protagonist was not going to come on days.

    You see: The writer is doing his utmost to ensure that you as a reader feel involved in the main character as quickly as possible, by telling the things you would ask the protagonist: How old are you?(One hundred exactly, even today’s birthday) Are you running easily? No Where do you live? (Malmkoping). Are you a worrier or a light-footed type? (decisively and certainly not a piekeraar). Does he ever do something strange? (yes, for a high elderly is out of the window climbing best exceptionally)

    And in the meantime, Jonassyon launches the story, but that is an issue, because there is only 1 thing on that whole page.And you already knew that thing, because that is already the title of the book.

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