The following articles are written by our own Writers' Ramble members. Read how they develop there characters.
Before I start writing a manuscript, I like to have a good understanding of who my 'players' are. If I'm going to have a heist in a bank, I wouldn't use a blundering idiot. That's just common sense. I wouldn't use a fast tempered, hungry-for-cash criminal either. I'd want a smart, devious, and very organized individual. A single gentleman or woman with a lot of time. That would take some interviewing.
Where Do Characters Come From, Mommy?
As with most of our topics, our answers will be different. I decided to go through a few of my projects and jot down how I ended up with the characters I have and see if I could find a pattern ;) And what do you know, I did!
Wait, you did what? With who? WHERE?
If you're writing a story, there's a pretty good chance you have characters in it. Even if your tale is composed entirely of inanimate objects, there's going to be some personality, some history, some purpose to those objects. So how do you make them believable people? How do you portray them in a way that will make your readers not only understand them, but care about them?
Knowing Your Character