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Character Development

A little blog about character development this week. I’ve been doing some research on character attributes to help with my writing and I thought I’d share a few tidbits of what I’ve found. Some of the things to think about when developing your characters in your story.

Physical Appearance-Age, looks, marks, tattoos, speech habit, height, weight, hair colour, length and style.

Psychological Make-Up-Neat/sloppy, mood, analytical/subjective, trusting, careless, intelligence.

Cultural Influence-Family background, music, media, social networks.

Moral Compass-Religion, dangerous, morals, complex, decency.

Social Contacts-Large/small family, dysfuncional, middle/upper/lower class, occupation, hobbies, sports, obsessions.
And if that doesn’t work, there’s always the phone book.

Tip: Don’t pick names that have more than one pronounciation-it tends to irritate readers. Also more than one nickname for one person confuses a reader.

Model characters after people you know, historical or pop culture figures to help with your character development.

Picking Names-Here’s a website for a name generator

3 Responses

  1. All great advice! It amazes me how many books I read where the names are really hard to pronounce or are so similar…really annoying!

  2. Great post, Pat. I agree with you & Angela on the name thing. Another tip is to go through your friends, family, or Facebook friends and mix and match first and last names to come up with some.

    All of these are great for diving into your character. Especially if you’re working on a longer piece, it will help you with their motivations and personality.

  3. Oddly, I AM working on character names and waffling on the MC’s. Thanks for the link!

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