Character Development

 

Character development can by difficult…try these tips:

  1. Create a list of questions you might ask that character and fill it out
  2. Describe background of character, for example, culture, childhood, education, career
  3. List defining events in that characters life–graduation, marriage, divorce, deaths, childhood abuse, lay-off
  4.  Free write about the character by picking specific moment in time and let action unfol
  5. Free write about the character by picking an emotional event in your life and see how character would react
  6. Brainstorm a list of 10+ personality traits and ~5 physical features
  7. Draw connections/links between other characters and describe traits as viewed by other characters
  8. Choose a hobby you familiar with and ascribe that to the character
  9. Choose an interest you aren’t familiar with, research it, talk to experts in that area, and then build character around what you learn

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