• Character Development
    • Character Development is, in my opinion, the most vital part of creative writing. Without believable, engaging characters, readers will put your book down and never finish reading it. Below is some great information on building your characters and a Character Questionnaire that you can use over and over in building your characters.
  • Types of Characters
      • Main¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† *¬† Supporting
      • Strong or Round¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† *¬† Weaker/Flat
    • Antagonist¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† *¬† Protagonist
    • Characters must be developed
      • Believable¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Love to Hate
      • Limit the # of characters¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Main characters should have an ultimate goal
      • Names should be different/unique from each other
  • Character Development Questionnaire

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT QUESTIONNAIRE

Debi Stanton

1. What is your character’s full name? ________________________________________________________________

2. Is your character Male or Female? __________________________

3. Do they have a Nickname? _________________________________________________________________________

4. Do they have any scars, distinguishing features? ______________________________________________________________

5. What color are your character’s eyes? ____________________________

6. What is your character’s personality like? ______________________________________________________________

7. How old is your character? _______________

8. What color hair does your character have? ________________________

9.  Is their hair curly, straight, long, short?  ___________________________

10. What skin color is your character? __________________________

11.What nationality is your character? _________________________

12.Is your character married? Yes No

13.Does your character have children? Yes No

– How many boys? _______ Names/Ages: ________________________

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– How many girls? _______ Names/Ages: ________________________

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14. Where does your character live: (city, state, country, etc.) __________________________________________________________

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15. Does your character have siblings? Yes No

16. Are their parents living? Yes No

17. Do they speak with a dialect? What type? (Spanish, hillbilly, British, etc.)

18. What is your character’s biggest fear? _______________________________________________________________

19.What is your character’s occupation? _______________________________________________________________

20. Are they right or left-handed? ___________________________________

21.How much do they weigh? Describe their body type: _________________

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22. What social class do they belong to? Homeless/ Poor / Middle / Rich

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23. What is their favorite song? _____________________________________

24. If you had to tell someone what your character looks like, sounds like, is like, what would you say: You can use the information above or you can list other characteristics:

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Character Development

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