A novel isn’t a novel without characters. And when I started planning my current project (Not In My Name) around 3 years ago, most of the characters were real people, being Fearless Vampire Killers. I did some planning around them, then started planning some original characters. And soon the whole story became original and I decided to try and plan my characters to the fullest. In this blog post, I may show you how I planned my characters.
I did this for most of my fanfictions when I started writing them and found out they work equally well for original stories.
Basically what I did here is I grabbed a picture off the internet. Any picture that best describes my character or pictures of celebrities that closely resembles my character. Next to that picture is a short description of my character. It will include things such as their age, their appearance, their personality and goal for the whole story. It helps me get notes down about my characters and give me ideas. If you want to try this, go ahead. It helped me a lot. Do this for minor characters as well, but don’t make their descriptions as detailed as the main characters.
What I then did for my main characters was create a character profile for each of them. I hand wrote these profiles, but some I am planning on typing them up to refer to while I’m still writing my story. I got the character profile from this website. You could follow this or make up your own. When I type up their individual profiles, I plan to put their picture with it.
One thing that helps me with character development is finding prompts or maybe first line generators or first line of dialogue generators. This helps me find the character’s individual voice and it is so I can see them in a story-like setting. For generators, I like to use this website. Go ahead and check it out if you would like to!
Websites like this are also good to use when you have writer’s block. Just choose a first line generator, copy it down into a word document of your choice, maybe give yourself five to fifteen minutes and write. Don’t stop and keep going!
Everything that I have shown you in this post you don’t HAVE to use. I don’t guarantee that they will work 100% for you. Everyone is different when it comes to writing. Give one or two of these methods a try and if they don’t work for you, they don’t work. There are plenty of other methods out there that you could give a try.
Well, that’s all I have to say for this blog post! Come back soon for my next post. Hopefully, there won’t be a long gap next time!