Category Archives: Character Development

Character Development and Introduction

Changing the Character

The trick to writing a believable character over the course of a novel is to establish the character early and show the events triggering each change. Continue reading

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Character Profile via Wish List

Sometimes the best way to get to know a character is to find out what they want – what motivates them. Continue reading

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Depth of Character Description

Try it yourself, using as many senses as you can: smell, taste, touch, sound, sight, balance, acceleration, direction, and perception. Continue reading

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Action Defines Character

if you are going to show the character saying or doing something, do it intentionally. Every action, every decision, will define who they are. Continue reading

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Modes of Communication in Character Development

If someone always writes hand written messages and visits people’s homes for dinner, what type of person would you picture?  Would you visualize an older or younger person? If someone is sexting, texting, and consistently on the cell phone, would … Continue reading

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Creating Believable Characters

develop the characters before you start writing, have consistent characters, and don’t worry too much if a few people don’t always get them – others will Continue reading

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Character Sketch and Outline

This outline is for developing a well rounded character and, should you choose, tracking that characters development through the events of the story. Continue reading

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Looking for suggestions on my next post

I’m taking input on my next post.  I previously created a character sketch outline so I could manage my secondary/infrequent characters.  I am now interested in creating a full character outline template for my primary characters.  I am going to … Continue reading

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The Character Name

More than anything else you write, a reader will bring personal bias and knowledge based on a name. Continue reading

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Characters: Traits + Habits = Mannerisms

a mannerism is a habitual trait – it identifies your character in a way that a name alone cannot Continue reading

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