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How to Create Fictional Characters, Part 1 |
Regardless of your genre, authors, screenwriters, and playwrights have much to think about when creating a character. One tool to help is a kind of fill-in-the-blanks template you can use for each one. I've developed a rather extensive one over the years and share it here. It can be overkill, so don't feel the need to completely fill it out - you may never get around to writing a story if you do it all for every character! This is a multi-part blog, with this one focusing on an overview. Part 2 will discuss personal life, relationships, adventuring, equipment, combat, and the supernatural. Since I'm a fantasy author, some of this applies to my genre but may not to yours. Part 3 includes a downloadable template (for Word or as a PDF). Role in the Story What purpose does this character serve for your story and in relation to your main character? If a main character, more of this template should be filled out. Minor characters need less. General Description Overall Describe this