When self publishing a book, it's important to be confident that the finished work is as good as you can make it. It would be a shame to publish something that could be improved upon, simply because you were in a rush. One of the key mistakes new authors make is to neglect their characters. Doing this almost guarantees they will not be fully developed. Many good authors say a story lives or dies on the strength of its characters. Learning how to breathe life into them helps an author keep readers hooked, and makes a story feel genuine. Self publishing a book that features well developed characters hugely increases its chances of success.

Planning and Writing for Characters

Some authors claim they know their characters so well the stories practically write themselves. It's true that you should aim to develop your characters to a level where you know them as if they were real people. One good way to do this is to bring them to life during the planning stage. This can be achieved by writing down a list of questions such as 'what is his favourite band?' or 'what is her secret ambition?' Asking and answering as many of these questions as possible will help you to get a full three dimensional impression of your characters' personalities. It will then be much easier to write the story, as the characters' actions will simply seem like the logical thing for them to do. Remember, you can always return to your character descriptions and change them at any point, so don't feel restricted.

Self Publishing a Book With Developed Characters

Another key thing to do during the planning stage is to write a plot for each character. Write a description of the events that will take place in the book from each of the major characters' point of view. This will help you to develop the plot as a whole, but also increase your understanding of what is driving your characters to act in the ways they do in the book. It's all about getting under the skin of each character, and discovering what makes them unique. Writing in this way will lend authenticity to your story, and hopefully make the audience care about your fictional creations. Once you've completed your story, and are sure your characters are well developed, it's time to get it printed and share it. Self publishing a book is a simple way to get it out into the hands of the people who want to read it.