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Reply To: How Do You Write Characters That Are Completely Different From Each Other?

Forums Fiction Characters How Do You Write Characters That Are Completely Different From Each Other? Reply To: How Do You Write Characters That Are Completely Different From Each Other?

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Taylor Clogston
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I’m not entirely sure what the scope of the question is. Can you give a few more details about what you foresee as being the hardest aspects of writing them?

When you have characters who might not get along well on their own (and who you need to work together), it’s important to give them shared values and objectives. Highlight not only the different ways they identify and approach problems, but also the fact that they, say, love the same kind of food, both want to protect innocent people, would never lie to their friends.

The friction between them will probably create issues within the character group, and if it becomes distracting to other characters, someone can call them out and show how their behavior is causing problems for other people, which is another thing they might both react to in a different way while both having the end goal of “get along better with the other person.”

When all else fails, nothing draws different people together like a common enemy.

"...the one with whom he so sought to talk has already interceded for him." -The Master and Margarita

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