Writing a fascinating character can be challenging.
I was telling you guys earlier this week about my weakness for my latest bad boy creation, Seth.
Today I thought I would give you guys a little bit of a background on how I get the fleshing out completed.
I have a worksheet that I use for each and every new work in progress. The things I need to know about my guys and gals before I sit down to put their story to paper.
I always start with the character that is speaking to me the loudest. In fact the WIP I am in right now has been put on hold because last week I suddenly started to hear a new voice. And believe me when I tell you he was insistent that I stop what I was doing and get his personality down on paper.
So my worksheet is pretty basic. It always starts out with Character Background. Where did he grow up? Where was he born? What is the name of his parents? How old were they when he was born? If they are not alive, what was the story behind the death or deaths.
The next thing I spend time on is flaws. What are the flaws this character has? Come on, he has to have some flaws. A perfect character is a boring character.
Working on Seth, I wrote almost a book just on his background. I know everything from who his first girlfriend was to why he doesn't like motorcycles, even though he is a bad boy. Hmm, a bad boy scared of motorcycles. Now that is interesting right?
So what is one of your secrets for character development? I won't steal it. Okay, maybe I will, but I love new ideas and learning how everyone else does it.