Oct 7, 2010

My Top 8 Posts on Character Building

I've been focused on characters lately, so thought I would share my posts on building characters, here are my top 8:
  1. James Baldwin and Character Who-ness - Forget about what your characters are, find out 'who' they are. What makes them special?
  2. Building Characters with Jung - If you like a more formulaic approach to creating characters, check out Jung's archetypes. There's so many combinations, you can create a unique character with purpose.
  3. M is the Motive - The key to a good story is to find out what your character desires and what's stopping them from getting it.
  4. Lousy Characters Rule - Allens lollies tagged the line 'Why do we always like the snakes best?', and it's true, we love a bit of bad boy in our good guy.
  5. Character Profiles - Questionnaire for your character (free print out)
  6. Prue Mason - Character to Plot Workshop - If the cap fits... how to get into the 'shoes' of your character.
  7. Creating Character Flaws - Don't make your character perfect at everything unless you're planning on dropping a piano on their head early in the story.
  8. Character Voice - Let your character come up with their own description.


  1. These are great. I'm saving the links and twittering it for others.


  2. Ooo, now I know what I'll be doing this weekend. Since I'm getting ready to begin something new, these posts will come in handy!

  3. What a great collection of links. It's good to put them all in one place like this :)

  4. Thanks - you guys totally rock like... um, rocks (I need to work on my similes) :-)

  5. OOh, thank you! I'm saving these for this weekend too :)