Imagine walking into a book store, and seeing the book you have just written on the best seller list. This is the dream for many people. Many people would love to write a novel, but very few get started, and even fewer ever finish. Since you are reading this article, you are likely somebody who is willing to put in the time and effort to get it done. But writing a novel isn’t easy. You’ve got to commit a lot of time. And there are certain elements that must be in a novel for it to be successful. One of those is characters that are believable and real. Without solid characters, your novel doesn’t have much chance of success. In this article, you’ll learn all you need to know. Have you ever watched a movie, and it was just kind of so-so, because you really didn’t care what happened to the main character? This is what you want to avoid. You need your readers to emphasize and root for your character. They have to honest want him or her to make it through whatever obstacles you put them up against. And to do that, your character has to seem as real as possible. What makes a character real? They have flaws. Real flaws that can potentially stop them from achieving their goals. Flaws just like everybody else. That allows people to identify with them, and even imagine that they are in your character’s shoes while they are reading your book. So choose a couple of flaws, and make them hard to overcome. Alcoholism, inability to express their feelings, anger problems, anything that will make it hard for them to achieve their goals. You also need to go one step further than just giving them some problems. You need to have a source for these problems. Invent something that happened to them in their past, like in their childhood. For example, maybe they had an overbearing father that was hard to communicate with. Or maybe their first girlfriend left suddenly. You don’t need to put anything of this in your book, just so you know. Of course, your character also has to have some strong points as well. They are a good driver, they are quick on their feet, they can argue their point very well, or maybe even they are good at boxing. Pick skills that will help them to achieve their goals. When they come up against the main obstacle of the story, they’ve got to use all their skills, and overcome their biggest weakness in order to survive. Your readers have to root for them, but still be unsure if they will be successful. When you can do this, you’ve written a wonderful character. Writing a solid character will help you to create an intriguing story that many people will enjoy reading. Good luck.