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Getting to know your characters is fundamental to your
ability to be able to write out their stories in a more believable fashion. After
all if you know everything you can about the people that populate your tales
then it stands to reason that they would be more realistic to your readers, which
in turn will hopefully make them memorable.
Some of the good ways to get to know your characters:
Write a journal, but instead of what is
happening in your everyday life, write about your main characters thoughts and
feelings. Start with the everyday before your story starts, what where her or
his motivations before the story, how did their relationships play out, not
just romantically but relationships at work and with family and neighbours.
As your story starts and
conflicts enters in keep track of your characters thoughts and feelings on the
events that are surrounding them. By keeping this journal up to date, you may
be surprised on what you learn about them and how this can and will add to your
Using the point of view of your protagonist
(main character, often the hero) Write a letter to yourself, with the character
introducing themselves, have them describe themselves, their motivations and
the goals they would like to achieve and what they think of the other main
characters. After this is done write
another letter, this time from the antagonists (the villain) view point.
Remember as you write to keep to the tone and speech
patterns of each distinct individual different This is agreat character building exercise which will
help give you insight to how the characters think of themselves and how they
wish to be perceived
A very common but effective
method of getting to know your characters can be by creating a mock interview
with them. Imagine that they are literally in front of you applying for a job
be it for their current career or the job of being the main character of your
The more questions you ask the
better, as each question should reveal more and more about your main
characters. (This can also be done to a lesser degree with the smaller support
cast of characters from your story if you feel it needs to be done.)
Some sample character building
questions to get you started
your religious beliefs?
2.What is your family background like?
previous jobs have you held and why did you leave them?
4.What is your romantic history like?
5.Do you have any pets?
6.What are your five best traits?
7.What are your three worst traits?
8.What is it that you think you can bring to this
could change anything about yourself what would it be?
10.Who do you trust most?
11.What schooling have you had and where?
12.What is your most treasured dream?
These are just a few questions you can bring to
the interview I suggest writing out at least 20 and keeping a record of all the
answers for future reference .
The experts of communication have
often said that 95% of all human communication is done through body language,
which leaves only 5% of our interactions relying on the spoken word. Every
person has a way of being in the world, a way that their mannerisms effect how
they interact with others in a positive or negative way. And it is important that
you take this into account when writing your fictional characters.
Write a scene with one of your main characters where they
are unable to communicate verbally with another character, focus on expressions
and body movement from the large to the small they are all helping the
character get her intent across.
A great writing exercise to help you focus on what is being
said without words…
Conflict is a huge tool to all writers;
it keeps the story moving forward, giving the characters something to strive
against and the reader a reason to keep turning those pages to find out what
But unless you the writer, are comfortable
putting your characters in adverse situations, conflict can become a block, stalling
the story and keeping your character from growing.
A great way to get used to
conflict and explore how your character will react is to write it out. Create
an argument between your main character and someone she or he is close to, where
both characters feel they are in the right,
The point to this creative
writing exercise is to explore how your main character deals with frustration,
being told they are wrong and how if they can resolve this conflict with the
person they care about.
I really do hope that some of these
character building exercises aid in your creative writing journey J