Character

Resources for character development.

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Writing the Perfect FlawLove this practical guide to discovering your character's flaw WITH EXAMPLES. You know me and examples!5
Character GoalsThere is a lot of advice out there telling authors that their characters must have goals, but I have struggled to find good, useable examples for what that looks like. This goes beyond theory and gives some thoughts on more specific goals types. Still on the hunt for the holy-grail of character goal-examples. 4
Understanding Character MotivationA good overview to look at for making sure you have all the necessary elements for well-rounded character motivation. 3
Character Core ValuesThis is a twist on your standard character discovery methods. I like that it doesn't assume people are one-dimensional (with a single driving flaw or motivation). Looking at multiple values and how they shape a character by working together is super cool. I would be ecstatic with more examples! 4
Creating a Plot Relevant CharacterOften you hear writer's identify their story as "plot-driven" or "character-driven". This explores developing them together, which is an approach I appreciate. 4
5 Features of a Distinct CharacterIf you can't tell, I love The Character Comma for character development (thecharactercomma.com). This is another good one, looking at what makes a dynamic, complete character. I like that it focuses on more than one aspect of character development (i.e. not just the flaw or background). 4
Character Goals and Motivation ToolkitThis has a ton of different character development concepts explored in brief. Great overview. 4
Shaping a Character's Internal MotivationI'm sure every writer has their Achilles heel - identifying internal motivation is mine (I just don't "get" it sometimes.) This article has really helped simply internal motivation for me... plus EXAMPLES!5
How to Create a Strong Character: Give Them FlawsTie character flaws to story conflict (plot) and to their character strengths to create a character that is relatable to your readers. Jami Gold has a whole series on creating great characters - all the articles are helpful and concentrate on specific topics so they are easy to read. 5
Creating Character ArcsFrom K.M. Weiland, this series of articles digs into different types of character arcs and how they drive your plot/story structure. Tools on her website are very detailed, and definetely not to be missed for the serious writer. 5
Start With the AntagonistThis article was one of those light-bulb moments for me. The idea of focusing on your antagonist as the driving force for your story makes so much sense, but wasn't something I had thought of before. It really does strengthen all the other characters in your story (specifically your protagonist) to take this approach. 5
Why Creating a Character Bio Isn't a Good Starting PointTargeting screenwriters, this article is applicable to novel writers as well. It challenges the idea that all stories should begin with indepth character development and suggests instead a two-step process for identifying unique characters as a starting point. It's a risky assertion but I love it! 5
How to Create a Character ProfileI'm always on the lookout of a character profile/questionaire that is the right ammount of indepth and manageable. This is a top contender so far. 4
Character Development Worksheet This is a good, printable character profile. 4
Writing Secondary Characters that PopA good look at how to develop supporting characters. I like that this acknowledges that you may treat development of these characters differently than main characters. There are a number of other good artcles linked in this one for secondary character development. 4
Template for Tracking Character ArcsThis template for tracking character arcs throughout your novel is a super helpful editing tool to make sure your characters are well developed. And printable!5
Character Evolution FilesWhole series of articles on why character evolution is important and how to do it right. 5