I have a character fact sheet template that I created. It's pretty detailed because I've taken bits and pieces from other forms I've seen authors use. I may not complete the entire form, but a good deal of it will be complete. But I don't just use a form, I'll write out details and even bits of dialogue.
I know my characters pretty well before I start writing, but not so much that they don't surprise me over the course of writing the story. :)
Hi Michelle! Thanks for inviting me this group! Love it! Character development is one of the most time consuming aspects of writing for me. I have to knowmy characters intimately! From birth on and even before sometimes. I have character templates too,but I use a poster board for my main characters once I get down tothe business of writing. Its bigger,I scribble notes on it.I'm a very visual person so it helps me to truly see me people! LOL Thanks again!
I keep a notebook for each book / story idea. Inside, I jot down notes, ideas, plot happenings, conflicts and yes, character pages. I probably should devise some kind of fact sheet like Zetta mentioned...you wouldn't be up for sharing your template would you, Zetta? It may help someone, like me--a writer who has total ADD. My character sheets are scribbled and very unorganized. They look more like a child wrote them.
Some of my stories are birthed out of an idea or premise, instead the characters themselves. Then, I find I have to go back and create characters to fit the bill. Does that make sense? Then I fall in love with them once they're created.
There have been dozens, like now, when a character comes to life all by themselves and sit in the back of my brain, knocking until I answer. Usually when that happens, the story comes second. It's as if when I open the mental door to let the character out, his or her story flows out with them.
My problem then is writing it all down in an organized fashion instead of trying to remember all the facts about each character.
Maybe that is one reason I have ADD! Too many voices floating around in my brain. At least I don't think I'm a lunatic anymore! As a child, I often wondered if I had multiple personalities. lol.
Great group by the way, Michelle. Thanks for the invite!
I've attached my character worksheet as requested. It's pretty detailed (5 pages), and I don't necessarily answer all questions. Plus, I may add/delete things as appropriate taking account what works for me and what doesn't.
I referenced the books where I got some of the questions from and started a new discussion thread (Character References) where I suggest other books I like on the subject :)
Just joined this group and saw this list. Thanks, it helps in writing scripts too.
Thanks for the worksheet, Zetta!
This will be a great help!