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FIVE QUICK STEPS TO CREATING A CHARACTER

There are various ways to write characters, some are quite complicated and can be off-putting to a new writer. Others can be great on paper but they tend to be too academic – meaning they create perfectly templated but totally unbelievable characters.

I drew up my quick and easy five-step plan to de-waffle the process and help you do the most important thing – get on with your writing.

FIVE QUICK STEPS TO CREATING A CHARACTER

 

1. PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION

This is just one starting point.  You can start just as well from some basic personality traits or from secrets – it is up to you. I suggest you quickly read through this page and decide for yourself exactly where you would like to start creating your character.

MALE OR FEMALE

AGE

OCCUPATION

FACE/BODY

STYLE

POSTURE

GAIT

2. PERSONALITY – OUTWARD

What do you first see when you encounter this character? Remember, your first impressions can change – ever watch Big Brother?

CHEERFUL

HONEST

DOUR

DEVIOUS

SLY

STRONG

WEAK

DEEP

BOSSY

INTIMIDATING

3. PERSONALITY – REAL

This is more interesting. It may be an aspect of the outward personality mixed with something deep, something hidden. Maybe your cheerful character arranges their features into a smile every morning but inside they’re screaming. Maybe that cheerful, helpful personality masks a strong Machiavellian streak.

Depressed

Sneaky

Afraid

Cold

Bitter

4. WHAT’S THEIR SECRET?

Secrets are a great way into a character’s mind and a great way for mining ideas for plots. A secret can influence the way a person behaved in the past, now, and into the future. The secret you find for your character doesn’t have to be drastic like a murder. It could be something much different: a difficulty with maths, or missing toe, a secret can influence the story you choose for your character.

Have they committed a crime in the past?

Are they a member of club they wouldn’t openly admit to?

Are they secretly bald?

Do they keep an illness or disability secret?

Did they fake their qualifications?

5. FEARS

Fear can drive a character, or it can stop them. Someone who cannot stop working could be afraid of poverty or they could be using it as a barrier to developing relationships – they could be afraid of intimacy.

Loneliness

Illness

Career failure

Dogs

Lightening

Poverty

Success

If you are looking for quick and easy ways to get started writing – go ahead and click below to give the following tried and tested a methods a try.

Five quick steps to start writing

Five Quick Steps to Breaking Writer’s block

Five quick steps to writing a synopsis

However you decide to start – best of luck with your writing.

 

 

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