Let’s Talk Character Development

Eshelle Butler was born and raised in Chicago Illinois. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago and has a BA in Marketing Communications and Journalism. She also has a background in music. In addition to being an Author, she is also a Poet, Screenwriter, and Blogger. Eshelle is divorced and has one child and currently resides in a small town outside of Chicago Illinois.
When I first started writing novels in 1994 I was not thinking about things such as character development. When I wrote my very first novel which was a romance novel titled Forbidden Fruit. Yeah, I know that title is ridiculous. Stop laughing. Anyway, I would just sit down and start writing. I didn’t even do an outline. I’m surprised I managed to actually finish it.  It was shorter than your average novel, only one hundred and fifty pages I think.  But what can I say? I was just learning how to write a novel. It wasn’t bad for my first try and the public will never see it because I lost the floppy disk that it was saved on. I know there’s a word you don’t hear anymore. We haven’t used floppy disks in years. All I have is the printed version.
My characters were not as fully developed as they should’ve been in my past unpublished novels and the reason why is because I did not know how to take the time to fully develop each character. Today I make an outline before I write a book and closely examine each character’s personality traits for the story. Sometimes I actually forget to do that with all of the characters. But it is very important if you want your characters to be more realistic. When you read a book you want to be able to find something in the character’s personalities that you can relate to. Things that stand out such as whether they chain smoke or drink heavily, whether they like a certain type of woman or man and personal habits that they may have. Everyone has a different way of doing things and your characters should be the same way. They have to be like real people. If