Last week we took a look a static characters and when it might be an appropriate time to use them. But what about dynamic characters? Before we get into the weeds here, let’s first talk about what makes a dynamic character. Dynamic characters are those that develop and change over the course of the story. They have arcs, face and overcome challenges, ultimately becoming a different person in comparison to when they started. With that in mind, when is a good time to use a dynamic character?
When your plot is character driven
A character driven story is one that focuses on the character’s personal development and/or journey. The character’s motivations and psychology are a key aspect of these types of stories and as a result they need to be dynamic. It’s more engaging to watch people change over time so ensuring that your character does will, in turn, make your story more engaging.
If your characters are facing a challenge, they better be changing
When a person is faced with a difficult situation they’re not sure they can handle, they generally come through the other side having learnt something about themselves. The same can be said of characters as well. That doesn’t mean that a character will grow in a positive way. In fact, they may handle it badly. But so long as they are changing, the character will still be interesting to follow.
When your character is the MC
If your character is the main one with the audience will be spending time with, you had better make them engaging to watch. Audiences are more attached to characters who are developing, even worse, because it gives them a reason to watch. How will they pull through? Who will they be by the end of the journey? Will it be good or bad? Whatever the case, a dynamic character gives the audience a reason to be interested and care.
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