How To Make Characters Multi-layered And Fledge Them Out Fully?

Here is how to make characters multi-layered and fledge them out fully.

Give characters flaws and make them want things they don’t get

This is perhaps the simplest and most common tip ever, but it is not as straightforward as it sounds.

Add intrigue

Intrigue in a story is when the readers are privy to some information that the protagonist is not.

Make characters conducive to empathy by making them believable

Characters cannot work unless they are relatable and conducive to empathy.

Give characters unique quirks

Another way to make characters believable is to give them quirks that may not be very relevant to the story, but make them look real.

Write only about characters you can do justice to

It is very important to remember that no one can write characters they don’t understand.

Give characters a backstory, no matter where the story begins

All characters, whether protagonists or antagonists, need to have a backstory to explain why they are the way they are.

Make characters have inaccurate perceptions of themselves

A nice way to create intrigue is to make the characters have skewed perceptions of themselves.

Let the character’s trait be alternatively ‘good’ and ‘bad’

To avoid getting typecast into a trait being objectively good or bad, it is nice to have a trait be ambiguous.