Now image one of your characters surviving until the year 4,000. Pretty insane, huh? That's what Homer did.
Literally, and logically, your character won’t live on if they aren’t remembered. Plain and simple. I tackled the how-to's in this post. And this one. And this one.
So if you want to know the HOWs of creating memorable characters, take a gander at those three links. This post will be all about the WHY.
It's like in math; once you understand the concepts, the details come to you. If you try haphazardly to memorize the details (insert quirk here, with a dash of fatal flaw -- or was that a helping of description?) you'll end up floundering.
Memorize your favorite character. Learn every bit of them.
Once you KNOW your favorite character, basically 'discover' the rules on your own, and learn the methods the author used to create that character. Why do you love him/her/it so much?
My first and foremost favorite character is Albus Dumbledore. Yes, I even have a picture of him as my desktop wallpaper for the past few years; no sentimental family picture or pretty nature scene.
|I don't own this.|
(And this isn't the same picture as my desktop wallpaper.)
My second favorite has got to be Sydney Carton. I don’t want to spoil A Tale of Two Cities for you, but he is FANTASTIC. I love him, and I’ve studied him intensely for my own book.
|I don't own this. But she looks so awesome!|
Who are your favorite characters? How can YOU learn from them?