Ned Stark, I miss you! How did George R.R. Martin do this?
Well, to be fair, if you’re a fan of the Game of Thrones TV series, some of that panache is attributed to great acting. It all started with a solidly-written, great character though.
How do writers make that character stick in our mind?
Certainly you’ve heard that unforgettable characters are relatable. I’ve never had to deliver the type of justice that is required of Ned Stark, though.
My theory is that it’s less about the character and more about his struggle. Ned fights for justice, no matter the cost. The same can be said for Arya Stark, the perpetual underdog who fights to avenge her family.
Think about the last book you read. What was the primary struggle of the major characters? This is not the plot; this is the inner turmoil as it relates to their goals. If the character fought green aliens on Mars, for instance, I’m going to guess that although you’ve never been to Mars, you could relate to his struggle to fight even though his girlfriend has no confidence in him.
I don’t mean to dismiss other facets of crafting a great character, I simply implore you to understand your pivotal characters’ struggles and ensure that they are relateable.
Keep writing and keep sharing! – Cronin Detzz