Lyla Campbell

I'm currently in the process of applying for licensesure in engineering. Translation: I'm swamped. So here's a favorite post of mine from when I first started blogging. There's quite a few newcomers to my blog I thought this might be a good time to recycle some of my favorite posts from the past. There are a lot of good character building resources in this please enjoy!

So, you've got a plot bunny or two hopping around in your cranium. Before splitting hares with the plot, I like to work on my characters first. A solid plot and realistic characters go hand in hand. Knowing the characters inside and out will help you understand how they will react when being put through the rigors and trials.

If you're a first timer you are probably wondering where to begin. And, even those of you who have done this before are always looking for ways to make you characters more multi-dimensional. We've all had that moment when we were reading. (You know the one where we thought the book was wonderful till this point.) Then, all of a sudden, one of the main characters does something so bizarre in reaction to a plot twist that really doesn't ring true with who you thought they were. It makes you roll your eyes, groan, and wrinkle your nose. It's a good sign that the author didn't take the time to get to know their characters.

Here's a few resources to help you flesh out your characters:

I've made good use of these tools in the past and I hope that they will make the time you spend hanging out with the characters in your novel even more productive.

Stay tuned for "Part 2." In the next half, I'll offer up some of the useful resources I've run across that are great for cooking up a thick and juicy plot.

3 Responses
  1. Rhonda Says:

    Loving the Character development tools you've provided. I've taken most of the evening to complete the first one about the MC of my current WIP. I thought I had a handle on who she was but this made me think a bit deeper so hopefully will result in a far more well rounded, three dimensional character! Thanks so much!

  2. For character building I like searching street fashion blogs like The Sartorialist to sort of "cast" the roles.

  3. I really like the fashion blog idea. A picture is worth a thousand words and it's much easier to write about a character if you have a clearm mental picture of them. Thanks for all the comments. They are much appreciated!

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