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
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