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Let's talk characters.
Here are some fun and quick tips on how to create believable personalities.
1) Let your characters' personalities shine. Don't hold back. Use dialogue to reveal who they really are.
3) If you have the opportunity to show another character connecting with your protagonist, go for it. Empathy creates emotion and if readers see that others care about your lead character, then they will too.
4) Don't be afraid to show your characters' flaws. We all have them. Readers can relate with emotions and flaws.
Same goes for names that rhyme. You don't want a Mary and a Fairy. Okay, bad example, but you get the idea J
6) Last, but not least, have fun. Get to know your characters as you would a friend. Interview them. Get under their skin. Add unique (or familiar) quirks and mannerisms.
Favorite mottos can help distinguish when the character is speaking without having to look at a speaker tag. Maybe he or she likes to call her friends: lovie. Be creative, but don't add it to every line.
Great reminder from D'Ann: Careful not to overdo it.