- Make them want something. More than anything else, it has to be a strong enough desire to carry them all the way to the end. My last husband was so domineering. How domineering was he? So domineering that I would rather die than be under his thumb ever again.
- Give them special qualities. A beautiful voice can work in a lot of situations or a good sense of humor. Find uniqueness.
- Inner Conflict gives an insight into who the person is. Mother is ill and she always wanted me to be a Space Cadet. Should I be one for her or should I become the Brain Surgeon that I always wanted to be.
- Outer Conflict is necessary. In order to be strong and to grow challenges have to be met. If there is no conflict, there is no challenge. Two weeks from today I am having a duel with John Wayne Smith, I must sharpen my pistol skills. It’s either kill or be killed.
- Humor is good if it’s lightly scattered. A bit of wit and a quick come back are essential parts of character building. Fast and snappy is the key to quick wit. Remember this old example. Lady Astor: “If I were married to you, I’d put poison in your coffee.” Churchill’s Reply: “If I were married to you, I’d drink it.”
Please use the comments section to share with us. What was your favorite character when you were young? What special quality do you feel needs to be included in the list of building a character?
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