I hope everyone is doing well. QueenWriter's lessons are back. Today, we are continuing on with Character Believability. If you need to refresh yourself on the last lesson, please see the archives.
Characters - Believability (Continued)
Another way to explain the importance of the believability of a character is this: let’s say you create a character that is an alcoholic and drug addict and say little else about the character, then he or she suddenly shows up in a three piece business suit without explanation as to why or how, which is the reader going to believe? That he’s a bum or a professional? I venture to say neither. There was no history of the character given, he does not “stand before us with a wonderful clarity.” (45).¹ Who is this character? What does he do? If no details are given, any action this character takes will not be believed by the reader.
1 Garner, John. The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers. New York: A Knofp: Distributed by Random House, 1984.
Today, I don't want to just see your character, I want to believe in your character. If you don't write as a hobby or profession, that's okay. Make one up; it's fun. This isn't just reserved for published authors or those that write that haven't yet been published; it is for everyone.
Show me what you have. You'd be surprised just how create your mind is if you try it and let it flow.