Wednesday, October 26, 2016

20 Ways to Make Your Character: Compassionate

Characters need to show compassion, whether they're the protagonist or the antagonist.  Compassion shows they're human.

According to dictionary.com, compassion is a deep sympathy and sorry for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.

So how do you show compassion in writing?  Here are 20 ways to show it:

  1. Listen
  2. Lighten the load
  3. Hugs and comfort
  4. Handshakes
  5. See yourself in them
  6. Open the door for someone
  7. Motivate others
  8. Say encouraging words
  9. Empathize 
  10. Volunteer for a greater purpose
  11. Demonstrate acceptance
  12. Be grateful
  13. Touch
  14. Show kindness
  15. Go the extra mile
  16. Respect privacy
  17. Nonverbal communication
  18. Feel for the person and cry with them if necessary
  19. Share with the person--food, money, etc.
  20. Help with medical attention and basic needs if possible
The point for all of this is to imagine that the compassionate truly feels for the person and tries to help them in any way possible, doing whatever it takes.

Here are some pictures to give you an idea of what it could mean:  Powerful examples of human compassion throughout times of great conflict (25 Photos)


Have a great day!
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References:
7 Ways to Show More Compassion to Others
10 Ways to Show Compassion
5 Small Ways to Show Compassion
Powerful examples of human compassion throughout times of great conflict (25 Photos)

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