Posted at January 5, 2012 by pmirek
Characters, such as a protagonist and a villain are important elements to make a successful story. Protagonists are the main characters, and they will face conflicts and complications before they find the solution or be successful. The obstacles they face come from the antagonists, opposite characters who obstruct the main characters from reaching their goals. Both are necessary to move the plot and to create scenes for your story.
Protagonists or heroes, as well as villains, need to be personalized in order to engage the readers. Several techniques can be used to personalize your characters to make them appeal to your readers, such as:
Differentiating their clothing. This can be done using specific colors of the clothing they wear, as well as the clothing design and how they wear it. For instance, the loopy baseball cap and sagging baggy pants.
Showing their physical characterization. For instance, show their height, weight, and a specific hairstyle, such as long or short like an army style haircut.
Differentiating characters through their dialogue. Do they use fragments in their conversations, or do they use long sentences when conversing? Through dialogue, readers are able to recognize their voices and to differentiate them.