This week: What a character! Edited by: Lilli ☕️ 🧿
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|Some of us are eagerly working on the "October Novel Prep Challenge" by Brandiwyn🎶 and others may be working independently gearing up for November's NaNoWriMo! While the content of this newsletter will be useful to those aforementioned groups, I think any writer may find these tips for character development helpful. |
|Here's a little brainstorming exercise to help you narrow down the essential elements of your main characters.|
So, grab a pad of paper and your favorite writing implement, and let's get started.
Allow yourself between 30 - 60 minutes to complete this.
First things first:
Time - where are they in time, what year
General personality (introvert/extrovert)
1. Goals, motivation, and conflict
What fear or desire drives your character
What are some wants, needs, fears
2. Strengths, inherent and learned
How does this character handle their emotions
Are they quick to anger or judge
Are they comfortable expressing their emotions
Is this character careful/timid, open-minded/over-thinking, determined/stubborn
3. Important relationships
Does this character have a close relationship with someone
Is family/extended family important
How does this person dress
Hair: long/short, color, straigh/curly, etc.
Choose one major flaw
Is there a flaw they struggle to get past?
stubbornness, pride, cowardice, etc.
6. Home, living circumstances, work
Where do they live and with whom
Where do they work, or are they a student
Does this character have a hobby/hobbies
7. Preferred travel method
Car? What kind of car?
Do they walk, take bus/taxi
8. Backstory as it relates to the storyline
A character's backstory will determine how they react to situations
Is this character a lost soul
Any unusual experiences from their childhood
Psst... more on creating character backstories next month!
9. The things in her pockets, or backpack, or car, or purse, etc.
Does this character carry a lucky charm or something significant they can't be without
Think about the things you carry around and give your character an interesting item
Does the character carry a weapon
Gum, candy, bandaids, tissues, a marble, a keepsake
10. Habits, mannerisms, ticks
Do they have any pet peeves, phobias, or insecurities
Do they have a habit that they are easily recognized by
11. Other elements and factors that occur to you as interesting or important
Archetype or Personality type
Are his/her values rooted in religion or personal philosophy, give some consideration to their moral code.
What is their religion/faith and will it be important when making decisions
Can you think of other things to add here
Phew!! How'd you do with your brainstorming? Tell me how it went!
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|Feedback from "Facts - Keeping them Straight" |
Elfin Dragon-finally published wrote:
Something you forgot in the weaponry category is swords/knives (or anything metal). Forging is an art, and certain metals behave in different ways when heat is applied. Also, the person wielding the weapon must be skilled in its use. Because if used the wrong way, the strongest sword could break. Like blocking the barrel of a gun or cannon.
Very good and useful information, indeed. Thank you!
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