This is the first of a multi part section on character development. It is an excerpt from, “$uccess, Your Path to a Successful Book,” by Maralyn D. Hill and Brenda C. Hill.


When writing fiction, make sure your characters are developed, integrated to the plot, memorable and real. Know what makes them tick. Be sure to resolve their issues and know where they fit.

In trying to bring your characters to life, think of:

Complexions and skin types

Blemishes–birthmarks, pimples, moles, beauty marks, scars

Eye type–shape, colors, variations

Noses–button, hook, wide, tiny, big

Hair–colors, textures, styles

Facial hair–beards, mustaches

Body hair–hairy arms, hairless arms

Head shapes, large, small, round, elongated

Mouth–cupid, thin lipped, large lips

Chin/jaw–square, pointed, rounded

Cheeks–full, puffy, rosy, shallow

Teeth–bright white, yellowish, crooked, protruding

Facial types–odd or interesting, big, attractive, aged

Body types and parts—attractive, big, aged, distinctive, necks, shoulders, hands and arms, chest, breasts, belly, legs and hips, feet

Voices—high, low, deep, dialects, whiny, strong.

This is just a start in character development. We have a lot. We want you to know the characters of your story as well as you know yourself…or maybe better.

Maralyn D. Hill and Brenda C. Hill
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