Wednesday, January 8, 2014

What do you use to help develop your characters? #writing

Recently, I read a great article in the Romance Writers Report.  It was one writer's take on how he flushes out his characters.  

I usually keep one of those old fashioned composition pads (you remember the ones you used in college) to do a rough sketch of my story, which eventually becomes a more detailed story structure.  Then I start looking at my main characters and create a character profile for each.

That profile usually contains character basics: age, ethnicity, height, weight, etc.  It also includes things like job, education, relationships, and life motivations.

As I build out my motivation, and characters begin to come to life for me, the pieces flush out more.  I begin to see how the characters fit together to create the puzzle of my story.  If one character is ex-military, and another always dreamed of being military, but wasn' does that affect their relationship?  What is the back story on both that shaped each character's opinions/feelings of the military?

What do you use to help you build out your characters and your story?

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