You’ve developed your main character. They are compelling, well rounded, proactive, all the things you want your main character to be.
The relationships that exist between your characters are just as important as the characters themselves.
Well developed character relationships can reveal all sorts of things about your character and their story – and they can be a catalyst for action and story events.
BUILDING STRONG CHARACTER RELATIONSHIPS
So how do you build strong character relationships?
- How do these characters know each other?
- How do these characters feel about each other?
- What do these characters like about each other?
- What do these characters dislike about each other?
- How do these characters treat each other?
- Outline a situation where these two characters have got along well.
- Outline a situations where these two characters have clashed.
- How do these characters try to work out their differences?
- Which character is most dominant?
- Which characters is most peace loving?
- What do these characters have in common?
- How does each character think that they are perceived by the other character?
- How different is this perception from the truth?
- Do these characters care about each other?
- Do these character’s have expectations of each other?
- Are these expectations being met?
- If not, why not?
Once you have answered all these questions, you’ll know a lot more about your characters and how they interact, and you’ll be able to make their relationship believable for the reader.
I hope you found this helpful.