Throughout my 'writing career' (as if...) I have almost always come to a halt when it is time to make a character. They either come out to this to that, and not enough in between. That 'in between' as I so recently called it, is what really pulls what people (and I) have called a 'character' in to something I like to call...real life. Don't be to afraid now, the phrase 'coming off the page' is only a metaphore. (except that one time...) I will be taking you through nice, easy steps to create a living (Not really), breathing, character that you will know better than your own back hand. (Unless you don't know your back hand. That would be a whole different course.)
Why, he/she cowers from that: (has been raped in past, always screamed at at home...)
He/she zones out when: (Teachers give lectures, is being corrected...)
Why he/she zones out during those things: (Self explanatory)
How he/she acts around other people: (More mature, less mature, suductive...hehe.)
Feels ashamed of: (His/her body, parents shouting 'I love you sweetie have a wonderful day! Don't forget your underwear! Wait, I didn't get my kiss come back!)
How he/she acts when embarrased: (Blooms red, laughs really hard (Then snorts))
Where he/she is most calm: (The beach, locked away in the old dusty attic surrounded by shakespere...)
Where he/she is LEAST calm: (Dito)
Favorite books: (Shakespere (Yes I got this from the last personality fact.) Twilight, How to kill a mockingbird...)
This is truly just grazing over ones personality. Someones personality usually forms because of someones past experiences, or conflicts. Remember that as you continue. Remember: It's okay to go back and change a few things! There is always a reason behind why someone does something, even if they deny it. There IS a reason! The personality is what shapes a person, what makes them different, uniqe. Some of these questions may come up again, I am sorry if they do, but, that just means they apply to more than one thing. So with the face and personality covered...
Okay, so, it is now time for the appearence of the BODY! Ooookie Spoookie!!!
What his build is: (Body builder build, weak and skinny...in other words no build...)
Has he thickened out yet? (Yes or no)
Amount of muscle on his body: (How much you can see.)
What her body frame is: (Hourglass, stick straight...)
Her eating habits are: (Does her diet make her annorexicly thin, or elephant round?)
His/her fingers' form: (Big difference between piano fingers and sausage fingers...)
His/her height: (How tall he/she is...as if you hadn't figured that one out right?)
Shoe size: (Self explanitory.)
Clothing size: (Dito)
Color of skin: (Dito...black, white, bronze...)
This is not exactly my stong point in creating a character so feel free to add anything else you may wish, but please remember, if you add too much more, I can and will hunt you down. Now, you may be thinking, 'She can't do that, I live 1000 miles away!' But here's the thing...I have a knife and it's 1001 miles long. :) JK.
His/her hometown: (Where did he/she come from)
His/her first true best friend:
His/her first boy/girlfriend: (Oooooh! Relationships!!!)
His/her first lie:
Hospital where he/she was born:
If he/she was abused in any way:
How the abuse affected him/her: (Remember, how abuse may affect his/her PERSONALITY!)
Who his/her favorite teacher was: (Heck, even throw in some humor to the teachers' name! Like, 'She always let me nap, so her name is Mrs. Napper! *Real person. True story.*)
His/her LEASE favorite teacher(s):
The name of the town: (Made up or real...)
If he/she ever kicked out of a school:
His/her average grade in school:
Age he/she learned to ride a bike:
Age he/she learned to blow a bubble gum bubble:
Heck, where did he/she learn to ride that bike, or blow that first bubble:
What was his/her favorite think to be for Halloween from age 0-5:
Was he/she too cool to dress up again:
If not, list off what he/she was for every year afterwards: (It has to match their personality. Think, 'Would _________ wear that? If not, then it's not the right costume.)
Where he/she spends each holiday:
What he/she likes about the holidays:
What he/she dislikes about the holidays:
Why he/she might dislike them:
Favorite Christmas memory:
Favorite Christmas Present: (Of all time!)
Most hated one: (Say, a package of underwear. Opened. With one missing...*Real gift. True story*)
Favorite little memories that may be remembered later on:
Okay, so aside from all of that, your character should be feeling pretty real. But think about this, your character had to come from somewhere right? Like, his/her parents...So, let's take a quick swirve away from the character, and to the people who made him/her possible!
THE PARENTAL UNITS. AND ALL ABOUT THEM! (Which isn't that much...)
His/her mom's name:
His/her dad's name:
The mom's parents:
The dad's parents:
If any of the parent's parent's are deceased: (That means dead...)
Where each parent was born:
Where they met: (Pompei anyone?)
How long they were together before deciding to get married: (10 years? No problem! Sometimes it really happens! *True story*)
How old each of them were when your character was born:
Did they want that gender of a child or not:
Where they bought there first house, and the kind:
See? That wasn't too bad. Just a little bit of knowlegde to store inside of your head in case you suddenly need it!
HIS/HER IDENTITY/IN DEPTH
This is the last, but one of the MOST important things about your character!
Their names and ages:
Social security number:
Insurance? (Yes or no)
On another note...
His/Her deepest, most vitally hidden secret:
How others view him/her:
Where he/she stands in school/work:
Who they are when they are angry:
How they contain his/her anger:
Is he/she abusive:
Do they bottle up their emotions, or share them with every spec of dirt?
Does he/she do drugs?
If so, what kind?
How does that affect his/her home life?
Affect his/her childen?
What does he/she do about the addiction? (Even if it's just smoking.)
What does the 'darker' side of this person look like?
What is this persons views on religion?
Does he/she have any views on it?
If not, why? (This may have something to do with how he/she was treated as a child. It happens.)
Does this person like candles?
Does this person smoke?
How did he/she start?
What are some natural born talents this person has?
What does he/sho do with them? (Make money by being an artist who paints amazing pictures, or becomes a tattoo artist? Both artists, but both did different things with their abilitys.)
Why has he.she chosen this?
What are some talents that he/she has aquired by work work work?
Why did they want it?
What do they doo with it now that it's theirs? (Assuming they have it...)
That's it. That's all I have for you. I don't doubt that there are some really basic things I missed, but, well...if you noticed they weren't there, then just add it in on your own. I hope you enjoyed this how-to, because it took a FREAKIN' LONG TIME TO TYPE!!! Again, if I missed something easy, I am deeply sorry, but I was going for really in-depth, to the core, the things looked over, the in-between. Thank you all for reading this, but I am going to bed because my back hurts, my eyes hurt, and the joints in my fingers hurt. Oh well!