How to Add Depth to a Character

Indiana Jones. Sherlock Holmes. Juliet Capulet.

The dream of every writer is to create a character that is so real – so believable – they take on a life of their own. From a commercial perspective, a great character will drive demand for more stories with that character in them. From a personal perspective, imagine how it would feel to create a fictional character people get so emotionally invested in that they spawn fan art and fan fiction, and tourists flock to see where they ‘lived.’

Such goals are certainly possible – 221B Baker Street is a museum dedicated to Holmes, and tourists in Verona can visit Juliet’s balcony. All this despite the fact these people never existed.

But is there a fool-proof way to create such a character? Frankly, no – otherwise everyone who put pen to paper would be doing it. What makes a fictitious person real in the eyes of the public is as easy to lay bare as quantum physics. There’s a strange interplay between pop culture and public mood, niche demands, and creative rebellion. Probably some pixie dust in there too.

The one thing all ‘famous’ characters have in common, though, is that they’re believable. They have virtues, but they also have flaws – in short, they have depth. In this article, we’ll discuss a few ways you can turn your inventions into deep characters that spark intrigue and capture hearts and minds. See More . . .





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