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
2. PERSONALITY – OUTWARD
What do you first see when you encounter this character? Remember, your first impressions can change – ever watch Big Brother?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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However you decide to start – best of luck with your writing.