character developent #002

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Have you ever had coffee with your characters? No? Well it is time to start. Your characters are like normal people in most aspects, they have a thousand secrets and often don’t open up those dark secrets even to you. So what do you do when you don’t know your own character? Do you try to pick them apart or do you try to put them into more relaxing situations in order to let them open up naturally? The challenge today is to find something new out about your muse, something that you haven’t crafted within their hearts yet. Why? Because as people, we are discovering new things about ourselves everyday, our likes and dislikes change as do our dreams. Here are some ideas in order to get you started:

  1. Has your character ever ventured into the kitchen to cook themselves a meal? How did it turn out? Were there people over or was it a private affair? Was it good, bad or will your character never speak of it again? Was it a romantic event that went wrong or right? If your character never has to cook, why is that and have they watched those who cook for them, well, cook? What is their relationship with those cooks?
  2. Defeat is never an option, not for a hero and not for a villain, but sometimes, you have to lose one battle in order to win another. How does your character feel about losing? Do they plan it carefully or do they bitterly accept it? Is defeat really defeat for them or a learning opportunity?
  3. Everyone has a best friend, or at least that is what people like to believe. Does your character have a best friend? Do they have any secrets? Inside jokes? Would your character kill for them? Protect them? How loyal is your character to this friend and why?

Remember to breathe and develop those characters!

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character development #001

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There a thousand questions to ask about a character and yet somehow all those long profiles that appear to take as long as it would to just write the book and figure everything out on the fly. There are a few things that you of course want to know when you are creating a new character: name, age and the gender that they identify as (and perhaps their biological gender if it plays any part in the story or you think it might). These are the bare bones of a character, but they are an important foundation to any character you will ever create. However, there are a thousand other things that will change the direction of your story and finding out those important things in the middle of a plot storm might not be the best idea, so here is a writing prompt to help you think about your newest muse.

Someone is missing and your muse is the last person to have seen them alive, but when the police found them, your muse had blood on their hands that didn’t belong to them. At the police station they are questioned about the whereabouts of the missing person and are accused of possibly murdering their acquaintance (or friend, or lover, or whoever). How do they react? Do they keep their composure? Do they have an excuse or reason for the blood? Do they choke and just break down? Did they kill them or is this all some larger plot to frame them?

Remember that the goal is quality not quantity, try to find something new out about your character and perhaps bring in a few others to interact for a short side-story to get your brain going! If you do complete the character development feel free to drop me a link so that I can see what you are up to!