Your Character Doesn't Need To Be Relatable
Hot Butter Takes
I get lots of inquiries from other writers about how to make their characters more relatable. But think about this question for a second. Seriously, think back to the last movie you gave five stars. Or the last television episode you thoroughly enjoyed.
Did you relate to the main character(s) in that story—like, actually say to yourself, “Wow, we have so much in common! I relate to them so hard!” Chances are you didn’t.
When we break down what a lot of writers mean by relatable, what we’re really talking about is the answer to one or both of these questions:
How can I write characters that my audience finds familiar?
How can I make my audience feel the way I want them to feel about my character? (You know, like the creatives behind that ST:SNW episode did)
I could go on and on about Butter Comps for ensuring your character is familiar to your audience.
But I’d argue that solving for question #2 is way more important than the security that comes with Butter Comps for reasons I’ll get into below.
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