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And yet the word is thrown around like every two-bit post can deliver the secret, this indefiiiinable quality that will change your character into a legend if only in your reader’s mind.
Frankly, “unforgettable” has become a clickbait buzzword.
But the real meaning of the word is NOT completely lost…
An unforgettable character is one that can be recalled long after a story is finished.
Like Sherlock Holmes. Or R2D2. Or Kvothe.
Those names are taken. Forever.
Because the characters are unforgettable.
Creating such a character is the ultimate writerly achievement, creating a legacy, something that will live long after you’ve gone.
It seems impossible.
Utterly beyond your reach.
Don’t let yourself aim low.
It might be tempting because you don’t think your character is in the same league as Sherlock or the others, but that’s a cop out.
Every character, even the ones you can think of off the top of your head, started as an idea.
And every writer started with underwhelming efforts.
Even better, there’s a rhyme and reason to what people find memorable.
Read on, grasshopper…