One of my critique partners showed me something one day that I could never, ever write without. She had a picture collage she put together of actors, actresses, and models that fit the physical description of the way she saw her characters. Not only is it a great way to actually ‘see’ your characters in the real world, it’s a great way to reference them without mixing them up with their sidekicks or other family members.
|Unsure of what traits to give your characters? This book by Linda N. Edelstein, PH.D is a great place to start!|
My first attempt at writing a character chart focused on the basic information: name, age, height, weight, race, parents, you know the drill. Pretty much the average questions we all answer when writing a bio for our FB accounts. But does that say who we are? What our life experiences have been? What events in our lives make us who we are?
Okay, okay, now I sound like I have a multiple personality disorder. But lets face it, all serious writers are look over our shoulders for that little white truck with the 'special' white jacket that make you hug yourself from time to time, right????
If you find yourself stumped on how your characters would react in a situation, visit this link: http://zodiac-signs-astrology.com/zodiac-signs. It's a great way to discover the way people react based on their astrological signs. I don't follow these, but I have to admit it did help discover my characters. Also, try checking out psycology books that delve into typical character traits. The book I enjoyed was, Writer's Guide to Character Traits, by Dr. Laura Edelstein.