Your characters are the backbone of your story. If they feel unrealistic, forced or too much like stereotypes, your fiction will fall flat. When they come alive on the page, they will pull your readers into the story for the most dramatic impact. It’s easy to spend hours or even days developing characters for a short story or novel, but that level of planning isn’t always necessary. If you want to develop your characters quickly and start writing, this guide will tell you how to create a character in 30 minutes or less. You will want to continue developing your Keep Reading!