How to create character empathy

What is an empathetic character?

EMPATHY is defined as a character’s (or audiences’) ability to deeply experience another character’s emotional state. SYMPATHY occurs when one person simply understands another person’s emotions from a more detached and calmer point of view.

How do you write a hated character?

3 Ways to Write a Character You Hate
  1. Go All In on Your Disdain.
  2. Make Them As Bad As Humanly Possible.
  3. Do The Opposite And Find A Way To Relate To The Character Instead.

What makes a badly written character?

They don’t have a reason for their actions, other than the plot requiring them to behave a certain way. Characters who never fail and have no flaws. They’re just too perfect, and come off feeling artificial. And they’re really hard to relate too.

What should you not do when writing a character?

3 Things Your Characters Should Not Be Doing
  1. Too Much Small Talk. Although we encourage writers to include lots of dialogue in their books, adding small talk for no reason is a bad idea.
  2. Acting Without Purpose. If you want action without meaning you should be watching reality television shows.
  3. Being Constantly Distracted.

What makes a villain hateable?

What Is a Villain? A villain is the opposite of a hero. A villain is the antagonist of your story whose motivations and actions oppose the protagonist and drive the plot of your story. A villain is the opposite of a hero.