Archive for the ‘Creating Fictional Characters’ Category

CHARACTER ANALYSIS SHEET (From Art of Storytelling)   3 comments


Art of Storytelling©

Develop your character, whether for novels, short stories or memoir, by filling in all the information you can below. Then write a few paragraphs on a separate sheet of paper about this character. Now, watch how much easier it is to develop this character within the novel. Name: Age: Sex: Place of birth: Physical appearance: How does this character feel about the way he or she looks? Describe the character’s childhood in terms of: relationship to parents relationship to siblings relationship to other key people in his or her youth lifestyle while growing up education childhood activities (hobbies, interests) location (s) where he, or she grew up. Describe the character’s education during and after secondary school, as well as any military service. Describe the character’s current relationship to: Parents Siblings Other key people from his or her youth Describe the character’s romantic life (Married, involved?) and any relevant background (e.g., previously married, affairs). Describe the character’s sex life and moral beliefs. Does the character have kids? If so, describe his or her attitude toward children. What is the character’s religious background and current religious belief? What is the character’s occupation? Describe the character’s relationship to his or her boss and co-workers. How does the character feel about his or her job? What are the character’s hobbies and non-work activities? Describe the character’s philosophy of life. Describe the character’s political views. Sum up the main aspect of the character’s personality, including whether he or she is optimistic or pessimistic, an introvert or extrovert, and so forth. What is this character proud of? What is this character ashamed of? Describe the state of the character’s health. How intelligent is the character? What is their greatest strength? What is their fatal flaw? From the “Art of Storytelling” ©

James Cameron: Before Avatar … a curious boy   Leave a comment

  Leave a comment

This came from a blogger that I so enjoy following.
PLEASE MAKE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE ORIGINAL BLOGGER’S POSTS. They were kind enough to let me share this wonderful article with you.

Limebird Writers

Do you ever sit down in front of a blank page, after finally finishing all of your procrastination, and then just find yourself staring at the blank page with no idea of what to write or where to start?

There’s a brilliant exercise that I read a few years ago, in an incredibly good and depressingly short lived writing magazine, that was all about how to choose your first word when you’re having trouble finding one. It’s quick, as the name suggests. It’s fairly simple, and all you need is a book within easy reach. So I thought I’d share it with you.

View original post 206 more words

Writing Prompts: Day Five   Leave a comment

English: City walls in Dubrovnik Česky: Mětskě...

Image via Wikipedia

Obstructions vs Wants

Write a scene where one character wants something and have another character represent the obstruction to that want. Make the want anything, examples of which might include love, a penny, a sister, a shirt , a job, sex, marriage, financial success, a spoon. You can try to resolve the scene or leave it unresolved so you can add to it later. Be overt about the need or be subtle about it. Make sure you use visual and sense-based details, including dialogue to reveal the conflict. (Dr. Greg Oaks)

Good writing and have fun while you learn!

Writing Prompts: Day Four   Leave a comment

Mall Daze - #31

Mall Daze - #31 (Photo credit: Patrick DB)

Rid yourself of writer’s block. Take the challenge.

Characters in Conflict

Two characters in conflict over the setting, place them indoors or outdoors, public or private, where one character wants to go and the other one wants to stay. Make sue to include dialogue and details of setting. Use small paragraphs and have a new paragraph each time there is a new speaker. (Dr. Greg Oaks)

Good writing to all who choose to take the challenge!

Writing Prompts: Day Three   1 comment


Image via Wikipedia

 Conflict with a Familiar

Write a first person scene where one character has a disagreement with a very close friend. The dialogue will be leaner and the characters will know how to read each other’s gestures and codes. The disagreement itself might be subtle and not directly stated. Make sure to include setting and character gestures. (Dr. Greg Oaks)

Good writing to all who chose to take the challenge!

Writing Prompts: Day Two   5 comments

Second writing prompt.

“Parts of Yourself as Different Characters”, pick two contrasting parts of yourself and create two different characters to represent each side and then place those two characters in a particular setting and let them talk.”  Dr. Greg Oaks

Have fun and share your results with us if you choice to do so.

Darcy Pattison: Fiction Notes   Leave a comment

Today I want to tell you about a fabulous site that I look forward to reading every time I see a post show up in my email. Authored by Darcy Pattison, her tips on writing are so useful. She really knows what she is writing about. Do yourself a huge favor and check out her blog.

Fiction Notes @

What Makes a Character Compelling? In a Nutshell…   1 comment

Tama Characters

Someone once told me that a good way to get inside a character‘s mind was to put on a hat that “they” would wear. This simple act would help me create more believable and compelling fiction. So, once you have donned your “character’s hat”,  answer the following questions to help round out their personalities.

If you need more help, read Orson Scott Card‘s helpful manual, published by Writer’s Digest Books and listed in the Reference section of this blog. You can also visit the suggested websites listed in Additional Reading.

A Character is what they do, so…

1. What is their Motivation.Why does he or she do what they do?

2. What happened in their Past to make them who they are today?

3. What do the other characters think of them; what is their Reputation?

4. Do they fit a Stereotype?

5.What are their Habits?

6. What are their special Talents and Abilities?

7. What are their Tastes and Preferences?

8. What is their Body Type: Are they powerful or weak? Do they have a disability? Does society consider them ugly, beautiful or ordinary?

9. Are they a Hero, Victim or Bully?


Free and Fantastic Character Icons:

Characters and their Viewpoints by Orson Scott Card

Additional Reading

Great Characters –  Their Best Kept Secret:

Secrets to Great Characters, According to 6 Science Fiction Writers:

How to Create Great Characters:

Character Art.Related articles

%d bloggers like this: