Well, al I want to know is what are the traits of a character
I don't want a simple 2D character - I want a genuine character
The thing is, I'm not sure where to start. Any advice would be most appreaciated[QUOTE/]
Well, you can start off by recognizing different kinds of personalities. Is your character smart but arrogant? Or is she/he shy and nervous but friendly? To avoid a 2D character, just don't make him or her utterly perfect in every way.
But it is your character. Just know about different personalities and start wherever you like. And there's my two cents.
I'm not quite sure what you’re asking. Do you what examples of personality traits? Since I'm not sure I won't answerWell, al I want to know is what are the traits of a character
Making a character dynamic is always a good start to making a believable and interesting character. I have always enjoyed seeing a character change over time even if the changes are subtle. Static characters are usually used to further plot as side/secondary characters but still can be used as main characters and still be interesting. Adding character depth is a given for making a round character. These are obviously necessary: giving a character a past, deciding how they socialize with others, their relationship with other characters, how they react in situations, ect. Deciding this and at least making a mental note about these before writing may help you out a bit so the characters you make flows naturally. Try to keep your characters actions and thoughts sensible for that character unless they have gone through mental/physical changes in the story. If you want an interesting and a non cliché character and want to balance out your character these may help:I don't want a simple 2D character - I want a genuine character
The thing is, I'm not sure where to start. Any advice would be most appreciated
What I recommend you do is have an interview with your character. How would he or she respond to the questions? What would she do if put into a situation? It definitely makes them more realistic. As the interview continues, get more specific, dig deeper. If you need help, read a few interviews in magazines. It can definitely show you how to probe a person.
Give it a try!
foreign-eyes, I'm flattered. Thank you. I got the advice, actually, from reading a book entitled The Portable MFA in Creative Writing. It's a very nifty little book, rife with exercises and advice to help better your writing and the way you develop character. So if there's anyone to thank, it's that.