Hey everyone! I’m Natalie (Indie, if you know me from etherealpens) and I’m going to be sharing some cool tips on characters.
If you’re like me and have a very short attention span and way too many ideas, creating characters can be difficult. I sit down to work on my characters and suddenly I’m on YouTube. I love/hate it when that happens.
Here are some things for you to do in a short span of time that will not only help you to visualize your character but will hopefully get you writing your story sooner:
Here is an idea for sheets. You can fill it in relatively quickly. I’ve used this one multiple times. Personally, I like to “pants” my characters and plot my story.
While sheets like these are mostly appearance and backstory, knowing your character inside and out definitely helps when working on emotional or simply difficult scenes. I’ve filled the following one out with examples.
Character Name: Corinna Beauregard
Hair Color: Pink ombre
Eye Color: Hazel
Height: 5’ 6”
Build: Pretty frail but has muscular arms
Born: January 10th, 2000
Died: I hope not anytime soon…
Clothing: Emo/scene style
Personal Item(s): Butterfly pendant
Likes: Music, art, and science fiction
Father: Dominick Beauregard
Mother: GiGi Beauregard
Brother(s): Jim & Greg
Educational Background: Graduated from local high school
Occupation: Works part-time at Panera
Residence: Third-floor apartment
Wants: To feel accepted
Needs: To stay alive
Quirks: Rolls her eyes way too much
Who are they now? It’s up to you!!
b. Pinterest story-boards
Yes, you can use Pinterest. Just make a board, name it with your title, and get posting! This will help you visualize characters and help you see your setting.
Thanks for hanging in there with me.
Happy Camp NaNoWriMo,