I spent the past couple of weeks mulling over my characters’ character. Since I’m writing a trilogy these imaginary folks need to develop not only over one book but over the subsequent books. Unless I kill them all in a fit of rage.
Periodically I spend time with them and work through the plot and their place in it as well as their personality. Their personality is what governs their reactions to the craziness I throw at them.
Sometimes they don’t want to talk with me.
If you’ve written or a working on your first novel (like me) you’ve probably come across the standard character development exercises. The 100+ questions for the character to answer. I have never tried to fill them all out at once (characters change over time… and some of them just don’t have a favorite color and never will.)
Here are a few links to some character development worksheets and sites that I found helpful. They attack it from a different angle than the standard questions. Sometimes that is all that is needed to open up a new door in a characters mind (or your own). My
crazy mind found them helpful so I wanted to share.
Another character form…
P.S. Don’t just stick with the links above. The two sites above have many more helpful pages for writing. I found them well worth my time.
Until next week,
Peace and Cookies,
H. P. Ward