This past week, I was invited to speak about character development to a creative writing class at a local community college – specifically focusing on how I develop my characters.
To be honest, I never gave much thought to my process. It was just something that happened. But the speaking invitation gave me a reason to think about how it all occurs for me.
When it comes to my characters, I tend to spend a lot of time with them. They hang out with me while I’m at work. (I’ll be the first to admit this isn’t always convenient. It’s not easy trying to focus on my job when my characters keep vying for my attention.) They ride with me to the grocery store and walk with me on the beach. I guess you could say we develop a friendship of sorts.
As I learn about the characters, there’s so much information coming at me – it’s easy to forget the little details. I’ve tried a variety of methods to keep my facts straight. Not all of them have been successful. If you do a google search, you’ll find bookoos of these type of forms. After looking at several examples, I decided to make one that fit my needs. If you find that the sheet works for you, please feel free to use it.