How to write an epic character.

I didn’t come up with this list. It was sent to me. But I’m adding my points to it. I agree an epic character doesn’t need to be a Hobbit or any other type of fantasy creature.  How to create an Epic character

This is a great guideline but I think it all depends upon the plot of the story as to whether or not an epic character should possess all these traits. The genre also plays a role in creating the character’s traits.

It’s difficult to write an action novel with the main character always thinking about things throughout the story. Enemies do not say, “Pardon me, you were in deep thought? My bad. I’ll come back when you finished.”

You have to be selective when they go into the thought mode or in my opinion the character will seemed weak, scatterbrained, and lives mostly in their head rather than the world around them. They will start to sound like all they do is whine all the time.

If you make them too kind they aren’t going to appear convincing when and if it comes time to do battle, stick up for themselves, or tell someone to take a hike. A character doesn’t have to be a wimp to be a good person. Always balance your characters’ traits to make them seems believable unless you are writing a strictly fantasy story. These are about the only stories you can get away with having a perfect character who can change gears and do battle if needed.

Give the character flaws. Perfect characters, or wholly good wholesome characters are boring and forgettable. They are easier to read about but you don’t want your character to be so easily forgotten the moment the reader close the book. You want them to stick with your readers. Some of the most memorable characters are flawed but not beyond redemption.


About unholypursuit

A. White, an award winning former librarian, who is also a long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly. A. White has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and later at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga,". She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written. The ideas of the book come from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
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4 Responses to How to write an epic character.

  1. Pingback: How to write an epic character. – The Militant Negro™

  2. Alma says:

    Oh, I forgot to add. An epic character must always a quest or goal.


  3. Oh, I forgot to add. An epic character must always have a quest or goal.


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