Writing Believable Supernatural Characters - C. S. Dorsey
"And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy. Your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions." Joel 2:28

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Writing Believable Supernatural Characters



 
It may seem a little paradoxical to say that your supernatural characters need to be believable. Vampires, werewolves, ghosts, multi-dimensional beings, and all the other varieties of paranormal personalities are based very much in our collective consciousness as being fantastical creatures, so how could they possibly be written to seem ‘realistic’? Yet, as with any of your characters, the reader needs to believe in them enough to get lost in your story and dialogue.
 

 Even if your reader doesn’t believe in ghosts, if your ghost character goes around eating hamburgers and feeling three-dimensional emotions without any explanation as to why they’re able to do that, your reader will start having so many doubts and questions in their mind that they can no longer buy into the fictional world you’ve created, and you’ll lose them.
 

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