Many a children’s book has often described a character with magical powers and yet they have been made believable because of a weakness. For example while Jack in ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ gets the magical beans he is a poor and a stupid boy. This form of creative writing where there is a combination of magic with the human nature delights kids. And thus is born a favorite fictional character.
Characterization is important and creating memorable characters it is not easy. And more so when it is for young readers. The more completely you are able to develop your characters, the more interesting the tale will be. Here are some pointers to help you.
Keep the Character Realistic
To create a favorite fictional character, when you create characters for your story make it someone who is believable. For example he can be strong and yet be scared of a cockroach. Such characterizations help children realize that we all have flaws and that nobody is is perfect.
To create memorable characters ,describe the traits of your protagonists. Think of all these factors (and more that you can think of) before you start the story.
- Height, weight, skin tone, voice quality
- Strengths and weaknesses
- Special talent
- Relationships with parents, siblings, neighbors, friends, teachers and his level of interactions with them
- What country is he from and hence that country’s culture and if he is able to adjust in the country where he stays
In children’s stories, even minor details like whether he likes swimming or nature walks, spends weekends with the grandparents or not, has an oft used favorite phrase, has a habit like chewing his nails when he is tensed, all comes in handy when you are penning your story.