I see many articles written on “How to create believable characters” Most articles list things like describing the sound of the character’s voice, the color of their hair, the shape of their eyes or face. Creating believable characters means giving each character in your novel a distinct voice and personality. Components of a character’s voice include: Accent, diction and favorite sayings. Tone and register (e.g. gruff, high-pitched, formal and eloquent, informal or casual.)
This can be tricky if your characters aren’t humans. Or another being interacting with humans. No, you don’t have to go as far as to create another language to show how alien they are to this world.
Yes, all of these attributes are very important. How else will the reader know what a character looks like.
However, we also need to show our character is growing and progressing throughout the book. No character should sound or look the same through out the entire novel. Especially the main characters.
We as people do not sound the same with everything we say, nor do we perform everything the same exact way each and every time. We varies from situation to occasion. Then so, should your character.
For example, if the character’s primary emotion is anger. If he or she stays angry throughout the entire story then the story will starts to drag. Shake them up! Write then displaying another emotion. It doesn’t mean they have forsaken their primarily emotion. Anger. It means they can think beyond their primary emotion. It keep them from being 1 dimensional.
Another thing: Show how a character arrived at the point they are able to accomplish a herculean feast if he or she do not normally possess these qualities.
This one is a common lacker in many novels.
If you’re going to write about a successful character. Give some background on how they arrived at 6 figure income.
If you’re watching a movie and prior to the fight screens, the movie doesn’t tell you anything about how a certain character can fight better than Bruce Lee, wouldn’t you label the fight screens unbelievable?
It doesn’t have to be a long explanation but your readers are due one.