How to Create Well Developed Characters

March 13, 2019

How to Create Well Developed Characters

How to Create Well Developed CharactersWorksheet on Developing Characters

Sure, your story is very important, but that story is nothing without good characters. If we are going to go through an entire book with them, we need to care about them, we need to root for them.

Have you ever gotten the feedback that your characters are flat? Or that your characters are too perfect? Your readers want good, dynamic characters and as the writer, it’s your job to give them what they want.

The best way to do this is to really get to know your characters, their hopes, dreams, fears, problems and everything else in between. Not all of what you write when you deep dive into their creation will end up in your book, you’ll know more about your characters than your readers ever will. However, knowing these things and having them in the back of your mind will do more for your story than you realize.

I did a character deep dive with every one of my main characters. I created a document (that I’m going to share with you at the end of this) where I added anything and everything about my characters. From their appearance to their desires to how they would interact with each other.

This helped me get rid of inconsistencies throughout my second draft, prevented me from making everyone a brunette with blue eyes and it gave me insight as to how my characters would interact with one another.  

I’ve created a Google Doc for you guys to steal my exact character deep dive. There’s one part for the hero or your story and one for the other characters that you can continue to copy and paste for as many main characters as you have.

Get the Character Deep Dive Worksheet HERE

This is so great to keep on hand and reference while you’re writing. I have also copied the information from my Google Doc into Scrivener which I’ve been using to work on my 2nd and the 3rd draft. It serves the same purpose in there but keeps me from having to go back and forth between screens when writing.

I hope this helps you create some dynamic characters that do some epic things in your story.

Happy Writing Friends!

Kristen




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