Thursday, May 14, 2009

How to Create Memorable Characters

This week we're looking at the importance of creating vital, vibrant fictional characters. One of the easiest ways to do this is to create a profile sheet for each of your main characters. Knowing the following information before you begin writing or in the early stages of writing helps to keep characters acting within character throughout your writing. Fill in some or all of the following; add anything else you consider beneficial and you'll be amazed at the result.



Name Age Born Living

Occupation Marital Status Spouse Name

Children Names & Ages


Education Speech/Accent Hobbies/Interests

Physical Description:
Face
Hair
Body Size
Physical demeanour
Clothes

Personality:
Mild
Manic
Easy-going
Neurotic
Ordinary
Angry

Perfect:
Night Out
Saturday Afternoon
Sunday Morning


Hates/Loves/Passions/Obsessions

Favourites:
Food
Music
Film
Book
Colour:

What Newspapers What magazines

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