Responsibility is something that every man, woman, even child must live with every day, for every step of their lives.

In the long run, we all, at some point, try to relieve ourselves of our responsibilities, and make up excuses to do so.  But do these excuses make a difference in our long runs? Of course not!

So make sure that when you make your characters, make sure that they act the same, and have the same experiences with responsibility.  And like those who are able to accept it, make them welcome their responsibilities and actually perform them.




While not something we all consider, it is something that makes characters more realistic.  Education is important to real people, so why not the fictional characters we create as well? Some characters created are considered to be geniuses, and most of these geniuses got to where they are by doing their homework and getting good grades.  Expand on this, and make it a story.  This is a good way for realism in characters.



We all knew this one would show up sooner or later.  It is shown in TV and Literature all the time.  Perhaps the best display of character development is the love that a character shows for another.

Now it’s obvious that these are always shown most through romance, but this is not the only kind of love that goes around.  The bonds between family is also a good sign of love, as is a strong friendship among individuals.  Each of these examples are good signs of love between characters, and define what they’d be willing to do for one another when the situation demands it.

Teaching moments


Let’s be honest with ourselves: nobody’s perfect.  We all laugh, we all cry, and we all make mistakes.  If you want your story to be realistic, then make sure that your characters do the same.  At some point of their life, they will have made mistakes, and it is only helpful to write out those mistakes.  More than that however, make sure that your characters learn from these mistakes in order to show maturity.



The amount of courage a character has defines them a lot.  Whether it’s a lot, or a little, courage in the face of danger and risk make characters easier to understand.  Especially in times of conflict, high action, and risk of losing something precious, the courage that is shown throughout the characters that you make shows the readers who they really are.



If you’re making a character, and if you’re keeping them around for a while, then you have to make sure that they mature in some way as the story progresses.  It could be from coming to terms with the loss of a loved one, a revelation that they need to grow up, or taking responsibility for their actions.  These signs of maturity show that these characters have good in them (if you’re aiming for a good person of a character), and that they have the wisdom to make choices that other characters will not.

Likes and Dislikes


When you want a character to be real, you have to make them seem real.  And there’s no better way to do that than to give them some likes and dislikes.  While this is one of the more important features in adding realistic traits, it is also something that doesn’t have to be over the top.

Likes and dislikes can vary from just about anything: food and drink, vehicles, toys and games, even other people for that matter.  The best way to display these likes and dislikes is to commonly present them with the character throughout your story.  An example is someone who loves beer.  To show that they love beer, have them drinking it at least every other chapter of the story that they are in, or every chapter if they aren’t seen as much as other characters.



A character is only as good as the antagonist that is created alongside them.  All fictional characters are bound to have an antagonist in their life; someone who makes their lives harder, and sometimes more emotional along the way.  These antagonists make the characters who they are in many ways.  They cause them to make mistakes that they can learn from, they present lessons in life through their battles with their enemies, and most of all, it is the antagonists that bring a story to life through the conflicts they share with the protagonists, something that is reflected in the real world.



Sometimes, characters can have development when the readers know nothing about them.  Sometimes, the best way to expand on a character’s development is not to know their history, but to see them from the choices that they make, and from the actions they take.  These are good ways to develop a character when you don’t want to add a large and possibly boring backstory.   Don’t add a backstory, but allow the readers to debate on their lives through their knowledge of the character’s ultimate decisions.



A good way to present a character’s uniqueness is the way they behave around others.  Keep note that it would always be best to focus specific behavior patterns in specific characters, rather than jumble them all up into one.

This would also present a good opportunity for specific characters to primarily interact with.  Say for example: An easy to anger sociopath allied with a happy-g0-lucky child.  These make way for good development and can also provide good humor.