A little idea for creating memorable characters that came to me while watching TV. Describe what makes your character stand out from the ordinary in the style of a Marks & Spencers advert. The formula goes something like (X is your character)…
- Start with "Not just a X it’s a "
- Now describe the character’s outstanding qualities
- End with X.
So for example…
"Not just a heroine but an deep, dusky, brooding heroine."
"Not just a hero but a light, fruity hero that goes straight to your head."
"Not just an evil villain but a cunning, adored villain who never sacrifices his minions."
Its fun just to write up a character in sexy, ad copy terms that you might never use for them in your regular writing.
For a twist describe famous fictional characters and see if your friends can guess who it is.
Edit: An updated version of this post is available: Sexy, Memorable Characters the Marks & Spencers Way