How to Create Memorable Characters

There are several ways to describe a character in a story or novel. Here are a few tips for describing a character effectively:

  1. Use physical descriptions: Physical descriptions can help to create a visual image of the character in the reader's mind. Be sure to include details about the character's appearance, such as their height, weight, hair and eye color, and any distinguishing features. (Bear, Bear, & Invernizzi, 2002)
  2. Use personality traits: Personality traits can help to reveal the character's motivations, desires, and values. Use adjectives to describe the character's personality, such as kind, selfish, intelligent, or dishonest. (Bear et al., 2002)
  3. Use actions and dialogue: Actions and dialogue can reveal a lot about a character's personality and motivations. Pay attention to how the character behaves and what they say, as this can provide insight into their character. (Bear et al., 2002)
  4. Use the character's thoughts and feelings: The character's thoughts and feelings can provide insight into their inner world and help to make them more relatable to the reader. (Bear et al., 2002)
  5. Use comparisons: Using comparisons, such as similes or metaphors, can help to create a more vivid and memorable description of the character. (Bear et al., 2002)


Bear, D. R., Bear, M. F., & Invernizzi, M. (2002). Words Their Way: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction (3rd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

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