In this week’s column the focus is on characters. Whether you’re a new or a seasoned author, getting your characters right is a key component to a successful novel. We’ve all heard of character profiles and questionnaires, but I thought I’d take this a little bit further by looking at links that really get to the ingredients needed for real characters – those that readers fall in love with.
- https://rachelgiesel.com/blog/how-to-really-get-to-know-your-characters-a-questionnaire 3 Things to Know About Your Characters: This article is exceptional and really gives an insight into writing authentic characters. It talks about delving into the psyche of the character you want to create to ensure that they feel real on the page.
- https://www.writingclasses.com/toolbox/character-questionnaire Character Questionnaire: This site offers two free character questionnaires – Gotham and Marcel Proust. These can be used to help flesh out your character and get the basics down on paper before you begin writing.
- https://writingcooperative.com/how-to-create-authentic-and-powerful-fictional-characters-59def46cf960 How to Create Authentic and Powerful Fictional Characters: This article explores the different archetypes that can be used to create memorable characters. It includes the 8 male archetypes and the 8 female archetypes. It also includes information on creating character webs.
- https://jerryjenkins.com/character-development/ The Ultimate Guide To Character Development: This post shares 10 steps to creating memorable heroes and includes information for plotters and pantsers. The article talks about naming characters and how ethnicity is important. Naming your character can take time, allow it.
- https://www.nownovel.com/blog/novel-characters-15-tips/ 15 Top Character Creation Tips: I love tip 2 in this article – Make each novel character identifiable in a police line-up. This tip alone is worth reading this article for, but there are 14 others that all provide great information too.
- https://www.ian-irvine.com/for-writers/article-3-create-great-characters/ 55 Ways to Create Compelling Characters: This article is a long read but packed full of great information no matter what type of genre you write in. There’s a section that delves into why we read stories, a second that explains what a story is, and information on how stories captivate us.
I hope you enjoy these links and I look forward to bringing you some more Really Useful Links next week. If there is a topic that you would like to see covered, get in touch and I will see what I can do.
(c) Amanda J Evans