Because I missed a Friday Five post last week, and because I've been thinking about character development for the upcoming panel, I thought I would share ten resource links that provide exercises and checklists for developing characters.
Sample: “Your protagonist and antagonist each write a letter to a friend or family member (or you!) about the other.”
Sample: “Write a monologue (1 page) that accurately portrays your character. What is he/she feeling at that moment? What is his/her hopes? His/her fears? What does he/she love? Hate?”
Sample: “Write ten 'factual' statements about your character, then ten lies, then ten odd/bizarre statements.” This site also includes a random character generator you can use as a starting point as well as generators of random dialogue, scenarios, town names, character traits, jobs, etc.
Sample: “…create a Pinterest board for your character by selecting images they might be drawn to.”
Sample: “Collect mannerisms…. Pick an emotion and for the next few days, track it in the people that you see….How do different people show that they are bored; how do they disguise it?”
Sample: “Ambitions,” “Most important thing to know about this character,” and “What trait will make this character come alive, and why?”
Sample: “Is the character a giver or a taker in life?” “What lessons has the character not learned yet in life?” “What is the worst thing the character has ever done?”
Sample: “Do they have anything about their appearance that they try to hide or disguise?” “How do they dress?” “How do they move?”
Sample: “Does your character collect anything?” “What annoys them?” “What makes them laugh?”
This isn't a checklist, but an explanation of three things to ask to understand your character: “Their core need (and what they would do if they couldn’t get that need met,” “their greatest fear,” and “the incident(s) that wounded them early in life that got them believing a lie.” Visit Lakin's website to learn more.