Tuesday, 26 April 2011


Unique characters are more than just a strong physical image. The basic description of the surface does not reveal the uniqueness of character.

To make a character unique create them with:
a special outlook
passionate feelings
a highly developed sense
unusual reactions to conflict

Through their inner monologue show the complexity a glimpse at the surface would never reveal:
show their unique outlook
their vulnerability
their reactions to their expanding knowledge
they way they come to conclusions about their dilemmas

The unique character has a way of expressing themselves that is fresh and original.

Unique does not have to be unusual or exotic. It should be grounded in their attitudes, beliefs, habits and quirks not tacked like a toupee to the shiny dome of stale and glib. 

Undeniably, feeling?
unafraid, unappreciated, unassuming, unbalanced, uncertain, uncomfortable, unconcerned, unconvinced, undaunted, understanding, under-whelmed, undeserving, undesirable, uneasy, unflinching, unforgiving, unfriendly, unfulfilled, unhappy, unhesitating, unimpressed, uninhibited, unique, united, unloved, unnerved, unpleasant, unruffled, unruly, unsafe, unsatisfied, unstable, unsure, unwavering, unworthy, unyielding, uplifted, upset, uptight, useless, usurped


  1. Just talking about Gollum the other day and thinking how he was the most unpleasant character but so unique... and as a writer I would LOVE to create a character that was that unique. Perhaps... that's what imagination is all about.

  2. Hi! I'm visiting on the A-Z Challenge.

  3. Good advice, and Johnny Depp was a perfect choice to express it.

    Good luck with the rest of the A to Z Challenge!

  4. Hi Danette
    Nasty, tormented little Gollum is a unique character. It would be quite a challenge to set for yourself -to create that level of complexity in a character.

    Hi Bob
    You are more then welcome to visit.
    I've reached the point where I'm looking forward to variety and change ;)

    Hi Shannon
    That montage of Depp illustrated the fact that physically they may be described identically but the internal, unique characteristics make the characters as different as Jack Sparrow, Sweeney Todd and Willy Wonka.