about the fact that it’s important to make notes when you’re working on a
story; this week, I wanted to talk about character profiles.
comprehensive as you like, and they can be really helpful when you’re starting
out on a new story, to help you flesh out your characters – especially important
if your story is very character-driven. They also make for great reference points throughout the story, and they’re good for sparking inspiration if you hit a bit of a block with your story.
drive home: it’s important to know your characters.
their age, their key physical attributes. (Because trust me, someone will
notice if your main character’s eyes change from blue to brown after chapter
three, even if you miss it.)
traits. Maybe they’re stubborn, or impulsive. Maybe they’re conscientious and
the mum of the group.
as I am: try sorting them with the Pottermore quiz. If you can work out what
Hogwarts house they’re in, it’ll help you think about what kind of personality
the character has and what drives them. (Slytherin? You know they’re ambitious.
Gryffindor? Impulsive af.)
just think about what they look and act like, or what their favourite TV show
is. Consider some of these things to develop your character, to get you started:
- What they’re scared of
- What they wanted to be growing up
- Their favourite season
- Who they admire/who their hero is
- Their thoughts on religion
- What they’re good at versus what they like
- Where they want to be in three/five years/whatever
- What are they like when they get sick?
- Do they use social media? Which ones? What kind of accounts do they follow?
- If they were throwing a dinner party, what would they cook? (Getting delivery is an option.)
your story. The point of creating a character profile isn’t so that you put
everything you think up about your character into the story. It might not ever
come up that they have a crippling fear of heights or that they really hate
roses or that they never got into the Game of Thrones hype. But maybe they
never got into that hype because they don’t like fantasy or they didn’t like
reading at school or maybe it’s just that they don’t have the attention span to
bother to remember who’s who. Coming up with all these little details might spark
something about your character that you do use in the story.
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character questionnaires to help you out, if you need some more inspiration.