Storm Rao's guide to writingStep one: Who are your characters?Storm Rao's guide to writing8 years ago in Writing More Like This
No seriously, who are the people you are writing about. Start small. Do they have a name? A nickname? What gender are they? Does it matter?
Things like this are the basis you need to shape a character in your mind. It doesnt have to be an intensive processes, heck, you can stop after question one if you like, but what you need to do, is know who your character is.
Tips for helping you identify your character may include doing a sketch, but I prefer a basic process sometimes known as hot-seating. Hot-seating is sometimes used by actors to get themselves comfortable in a role. It is, quite simply, asking questions such as the ones above.
Some of the questions I like to answer are:
1) How do they interact with people
2) What do they fear/love
3) What kind of history do they have, and do they ever tell others about it
4) What kind of personality do they have (i.e., quick tempered, easy going, silly, adorable, dependant
Side by Side - Your CharactersSometimes the best place to learn more about your characters is from your characters themselves. It is important, however, to make sure you have a concrete launching point before you do this. You cant just say create a character with brown hair and call him Bob and expect this method to work.Side by Side - Your Characters7 years ago in Writing More Like This
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to jump into one of your story projects and hold a conversation with a character other than your main character. It does not have to be in good proper form, it just has to be a conversation that helps you grasp the character better.
Example: Thief of the Crown - Me vs. Topper
A: Excuse me, I'm looking for a book.
T: How hard are you trying? I am assuming you have at least discovered you're in a library?
A: Uh, yes, I was aware of that. I'm looking for a specific book, actually. I was told to come ask you about where to find it.
T: I do not work in the library. I am a scholar.
A: Well, I was not told what you do for