When I write a character, I usually start with a select few ideas about the character like their past, their unchangeable aspects of their personality, each character will be different if they have a similar past or similar traits. Each character thinks of things differently, so I often get all of this established in my head first.
Character’s family, culture, their traditions, their archetype, that all comes together and when you’re writing something, it comes naturally when you have all these things in mind. (when I say “you” in these btw, I mean “me” X’DDDD)
Here’s some archetypes I like keeping in mind. There’s many more, and characters can deviate a little from the pure archetype, still be that archetype while also being unique. Know what I mean? ^^
Jumping off simple things like this, and then adding complications and interpretations. If you make a “rebel” character, well their flaw is “crime”, it doesn’t have to be LITERAL “crime” that is their flaw. A rebel character could be like (I’ll use a very common, simple and TAME example) someone with colored hair and tattoos in a more conservative, modest area. It is against the norm, it isn’t as widely accepted, and it makes other people have some ideas about you before really knowing you.
So then to add “complications” to the archetype, well, maybe they are a bleeding heart and care about animals so tenderly, no one would ever expect that from them? Again, a simple, TAME example.
Then after you have that part, you gotta think of the goals and motivation of the character, or there’s no reason to like them anyway, even if you can relate to them. You might be someone with crazy hair, tattoos, love animals tenderly, however…that can’t be all there is to you. Maybe the character volunteers at a shelter and has to deal with some really sad situations with animals. Now add even MORE complications. A rebel is a character often of ACTION, so what if they wanted to try to DO something about people who hurt animals? Add something to the “crime” aspect, adding layer after layer of things like that. They could get another goal in the middle of the story. All of this adds to what the character is.
So that’s all personal, too, and not even all of it. That’s just scratching the surface. I didn’t even touch upon how this character behaves in social situations with other people, relationships, strangers, people that disagree with the character, what makes the character angry, what are positive traits and some fatal flaws?
There are many layers to a character, and many things about a character change over time as well, just depending.
…>.> Also, I’m sorry for the post. X’DDDD