Hey everyone! Welcome to this week’s What the Bleep am I doing?! An Artist’s Guide to all things creative. This week I’m talking about something that usually is one of the most difficult things for an author: character building. Oh, how I can just hear my fellow authors groan now.
Character building is difficult for many authors both new and experienced because you really have to get into your character’s head so to speak. Without truly knowing your characters inside and out and just slapping them onto the pages of your story, things are bound to get messy. Or it just may work out. But I’ve only ever seen this a handful of times. Most of the time you get confused mid-story and suddenly find yourself writing something that you never even imagined your character doing.
Yep, as I said, many have fallen to this much annoying part of the writers’ block. But worry not my friends! I have found a trick to not only being able to write characters better, but we can get to know them better. So we don’t flub up the story. And what is that trick you may ask? Character sheets!
You heard correctly character sheets! It’s really simple as that. You get to know your characters so much better through each and every question it gives you. From what their full name is, to how their childhood was, even how they react to different situations that they are faced with!
With my Cataclysmic Fates: Phoenix Fire book I used this particular character sheet to really get to know the ins and outs of my characters. I find that it really helps break down your characters to the finer details. With this, I was able to really figure out how each of my characters would deal with each situation I would throw at them. And just what makes them, well them. Because as a writer we have to make our characters come to life for our readers. To make them relatable, likable, easy to hate, or just plain shocking. As long as we can make our readers feel something when they are introduced to our characters and follow them on their journey we have done our job.
There are many different character sheets out there but I find that this particular character sheet works wonders! Definitely feel free to use it and bring your own characters to life. If I can help any of my fellow writers improve and get out of their own slumps it would make me the happiest Rebel Fae ever! So, if you have any questions feel free to ask my lovely little Rebels! Your Rebellion leader is here for you! That’s all for now.
Rebel Fae out!