I can’t emphasize enough how much of a difference plotting out the details makes.
Before I began writing my story I started with creating full profiles for each character. Name, race, background, where they grew up, what they believe, what they think about, what is important to them, what is not. All together I created 32 detailed points about each one. It seems like a lot. However, establishing those things before you even begin writing helps with the process so much. Because now you have an idea of who your characters are as people or creatures. So when you go to write about a scene where someone is say…getting robbed. You know exactly what these people will do, what they can do, and what they won’t do.
As soon as I thought of the concept for my story. The second part for me was creating these characters. So then when I am expanding on this story it plays more like a movie in my mind and the writing flows because I know who these people are. So I just throw them into various interesting situations and it all plays out quickly and smoothly.
Character profiles also allow you to add little things about them that you may not even discuss in your story right away. But who knows, as you’re writing on your third book you may want to go back and touch on that small background story you created from book one. It simply just adds depth. So below I am including my list of questions. I hope this helps you on your writing journey as well.
1. What is the character’s name?
6. Hair color?
7. Eye color?
8. Skin color?
9. Posture? (hunched, poised straight, etc.)
10. Voice? (gruffly, silky, glassy, etc.)
11. Speech Pattern? (slow, rapid, stumbling, etc.)
13. General health?
Background, Personal, and Social Traits:
15. Where was the character born?
16. Where does the character live now?
17. Economic class of character?
20. Marital Status?
24. Favorite book, song, movie, and TV show
25. One word to describe personality of character
26. Who or what does the character love?
27. Who or what does the character hate?
28. What’s the greatest fear of the character?
29. What is the character’s greatest accomplishment in life? (before or after)
30. What was their greatest disappointment?
31. What does the character need? (suppressed, subconscious)
32. What does the character want? (unsuppressed, conscious)