Today we have a guest post by the author, Kaitlyn Deann! Enjoy!
When you are developing characters for your story, you need to know them inside and out. What is their favorite color? What is their favorite food? Do they like video games? If not, why? What is their biggest fear—logical or not? What is their goal in life? What was their fondest childhood memory? Who are their parents? Were they nice and sweet, or were they mean and abusive?
Your characters—every last one of them—have backstories. Their backstories are going to determine their present and future actions and reactions. It’s extremely vital that you, the writer, know your characters well.
Now you’re thinking, “How am I supposed to remember all of that information? I have so many characters!”
Two words: Character Profiles.
You should create character profiles, one for each individual character. In your character profiles, you should have a physical qualities section and a short backstory—AT LEAST. Take note, though, the more detailed your character profiles are, the more realistic your characters will be when you write them into your story.
And now you’re thinking, “But I already started my story. Does this mean I have to start all over?”
No, it doesn’t! This means you can pause right now and create all the character profiles you can. You’d be surprised how helpful they can be while writing!
As a side note, there WILL be things about your characters that you will know that no one else will ever know. Why? Because you won’t NEED all of this information in your story. It’s good to know, though, all of this information because, believe it or not, it affects your characters decisions.
Here is a list of a few idea questions to ask while creating character profiles (not including the questions in the first paragraph):
· What is their first, middle, and last name?
· Were they named after someone of importance?
· Where are they from?
· What is their favorite color? Why?
· What is their favorite time of the year?
· Do they prefer the cold or the heat?
· Do they like long hair or short hair, light hair or dark hair (on others)?
· What is their best physical feature?
· What is their best quality (not physical)?
· Do they have dark eyes or light eyes? If other, explain.
There are many, many more questions you could ask yourself. Come up with some and share them with us in comments!
I’d like to thank Tialla Rising for having me on her blog today and everyone who took time out of their day to read this! Thank you! Happy Monday, everyone! 🙂