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My revised Character development course at a glance.

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Part 1: the sketch

When you start out with your character, you often only have a vague idea. That is perfectly okay and should be.

You can with one Start stereotype, your favorite character, part of yourself, or with a single trait. The main thing is that you understand it for what it is: a sketch, a starting point ... [read more]

Part 2: the name

First of all, of course, your "child" needs a name. Whether you like him about the sound or the importance want to search is entirely up to you.

In addition to some good links to name pages, you will also find a few things you should pay attention to, such as length, pronunciation, and memorability. Then your character also needs a last name ... [read more]

Part 3: the styling

If you ran into your character on the street, what would you think? What does he look like, where does he live, what are its special characteristics? Does he have his own style or does he look completely the same?

Before you can get down to the inner values, you should think carefully about the effect your character has on others ... [read more]

Part 4: The Past

Everything you are and what you can be is based on what you once were. Your character's past is an important pillar, on which his life is built.

This includes family, partners and friends, as well as training, job and teacher. You should also do a little research now at the latest ... [read more]

Part 5: The setting

Now it's getting serious. You've already taken care of his appearance and his past, now it's about his approach to life, the universe and everything.

What does your character like and what does he dislike? What about him politically? What are his goals and habits? What's his biggest dream? … [read more]

Part 6: The Constitution

A story consists of conflict situations that your character has to face. Last but not least, it is important for you to know what for Skills your character owns.

You have to know how strong he is, how much stamina he has, what ailments he has and what tricks he can do. Is the writer himself, try out where your own limits are ... [read more]

Part 7: The Mind

Now it's about your character's mental abilities. What is he interested in and what is he good at? How is his general education, Intelligence and comprehension.

This is also a very interesting point because it offers potential for conflict if you give your character a weakness where he needs a strength ... [read more]

Part 8: Social

You've already thought about your character's past, past friends, and family. This is about the current environment.

Who does he spend his free time with? What is his social status? Who are his opponents? Then of course the question of how much he likes the people around him ... [read more]

Part 9: Self-confidence

So far, you've dealt with the bare facts, digging into the body and mind of your character. This part is about his soul his self-image.

Look at all the other parts again. At each point, ask yourself: what does the character think about it? How does he feel about it? What does he think of that? … [read more]

Part 10: Special Features

If you meet a friend on the street, you will recognize him again by the way he walks, the clothes, his voice, the hairstyle. This part is about that.

You should be here for your character Find features, because it needs a recognition value. Your reader should know who you are talking about before you mention their name ... [read more]

Part 11: Everyday Life

Now comes the trial by fire. You probably now know more about your character than you do about yourself. But you don't yet know whether it will work in a story, whether it is consistent. So now is the time for him to try out.

Throw him into his daily routine and see what happens. Is he doing what he's supposed to do? Does it work? … [read more]

Part 12: The Conflict

Conflict is the fuel of any story, without it there is no tension. So what annoys your character? Why does he go up in the air?

This can be an argument with another person or an internal conflict. If you're already at it, try a situation like in everyday life ... [read more]

Part 13: The implementation

How do you bring all of this to your reader now? Show him!The important thing is not to overdo it. Just show him what he really needs to know, the rest will serve as the foundation for the story.

Don't get lost in descriptions, show your character in action, let him react and his action speak for himself ... [read more]

Part 14: The Development

Your character is not a stone. Your character is human and people evolve. Everything that happens has an impact on you and it is the same with your character.

The things that happen to him let him grow. This is what makes your reader excited about what grabs and interests them. Create a new past during the story ... [read more]

Part 15: Tips and Tricks

Your character is ready and meanwhile also tested. How do you still do it appear more realistic allow? Do you have to work through all points exactly as they are there, one after the other and without variation? Can you do it differently?

Here you will find a small collection of my favorite tricks, and my very personal splin ... [read more]

Character sheet

For a clear summary at a glance, in this post I present the character sheet that I developed for myself, for download to disposal.

For maximum flexibility, I offer it as an MS Word or Open Office file, so you can adapt it to your needs ... [read more]

Character interaction

In your Guest Post Liyah explains how you can keep track of many characters by using theirs Networking graphically represent.

It's about relationships, dependencies and interaction. A useful extension to "social". Of course there are also variations here ... [read more]

100 questions

The better you your Know charactersthe easier it will be for you (about you) to write.

This article goes back to the nitty-gritty. How well do you really know your character?

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