Character Creation Example Part 1

Next up: Character Creation Example Part 2

Main Points:

  • Goal of the exercise: create an interesting multidimensional character
  • Strategy 1: Give them interests outside the plot
  • Strategy 2: Give them unanticipated and/or contradictory qualities. IE square peg in a round hole quality. (This makes it more interesting)
  • Questions to ask:
  • Age and Gender?
  • What are they passionate about?
  • What do they do for a living? (may be the same as their passion)
  • What’s a second thing they’re interested in? (it doesn’t need to be weird but can be something simple and relatable like being required to take care of 5 siblings)
  • What setting/time period?
  • What is the secret from their past that they don’t want other people to know about?
  • Note: If one attribute is weird you want to pull back on the weirdness of the other attributes
  • Note: No character exists outside of a situational context. Everything interacts: the character’s interests, the time period, the people surrounding them, the plot. Remember that good plots are developed through interesting interactions between the plot, character, and setting.
  • Note: Twenty something year old women don’t need to be focused on romance like we sometimes unconsciously assume.