When you write a character for a story, you have to give them life and some characteristics. Authors know this when it comes to attracting the attention of their readers or their audience. There are characters with charms and there are characters that you can relate too. The process of putting something in your characters is called characterization.
Characterization is the act of placing primary and secondary characteristics to a specific character. The characterization helps in describing who the character is, what their flaws are and how they can benefit your story. Characterization also helps in explaining to the audience who he is, what he is and how his personality affects the story.
How do you create character? What goes in to make the characters stand out? It is characterization. In order to create this characterization, all you need to do is to read the following steps.
The systematic method of creating the characteristics to your characters in the story is simple. The acronym STEAL which stands for speech, thoughts, effect, action, and looks. When you have these methods, you are able to create a characteristic of the person in your story. These five elements matter. Speech is important, what they say, how they say it, will affect your story.
Thoughts and actions often go together when you write the characteristics of your character. But it is also important for you the author to know how you formulate the character’s thoughts. Will their thoughts be mainly positive through and through or will it touch something negative? Think this through as well.
Effort can come in a lot of ways. However, focusing on the type of effort that your character will be making will also be valuable to their characteristics. It helps when your readers or audiences are able to relate or sympathize with them.
Actions also hold a huge impact on your character’s characteristics. If you plan to make your character evil, stick to a storyboard, effort, thought and speech for that. If you want to make your character’s characteristics go from evil to good or good to evil, or vice versa, you must also be wary of the type of actions they need to do.
How the character will look is also important. Many readers tend to sympathize with a villain if they are good looking. As well as there are some who sympathize with a protagonist if they have a good heart but a fair look. How your characters look will also affect the story and their characteristics.
There are five elements to creating a good character or to present some good characterization to a beloved character. Speech, thoughts, effect, action, and looks. When you have these five elements when creating the character, you are able to give some representations of who and what the character will be like and how it affects the story.
Characteristics and character development are one and the same. Characteristics is synonymous with character development. Many authors would prefer to use character development as it really gives out what they are doing with the characters in their stories.
The reason for needing a storyboard is quite simple. The storyboard helps you create, undo, and redo anything that will make your story sound better or pleasing. Without a storyboard in mind, you are creating something blindly. Something that many writers and authors prefer not doing. A storyboard helps you outline your story from the beginning to the very end.
Authors and writers know that it is important to put characteristics to their writing, the protagonist, and the antagonist. They make it so that it is easier for their readers to sympathize, to relate, and to associate these people with who they are, and what they are supposed to be.