Attitude and Personality of your characters drive the story forward.
As an author one must know why your characters act the way they do, their attitude and personality are musts in the author’s arsenal.
Personally I feel understanding the character traits below are integral to writing a character with depth. The character’s greatest fear, worst thing that happened to them, the single event that shaped characters life, are all so important as well as the other traits listed below.
Character’s greatest fear:
What is the worst thing that could happen to him/her?
What single event would most throw character’s life in complete turmoil?
Character is most at ease when:
Most ill at ease when:
Depressive or SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)?
How s/he feels about self:
Past failure s/he would be embarrassed to have people know about:
If granted one wish, what would it be? Why?
I love the idea of the seven deadly sins. Which one does your character fight or give into. Puts a lot of thought into writing a character. Also, your characters greatest strength and weakness, intriguing.
Greatest source of strength in character’s personality (whether s/he sees it as
such or not):
Greatest source of weakness in character’s personality (whether s/he sees it as
such or not:
Character’s soft spot:
Is this soft spot obvious to others?
If not, how does character hide it?
Which of the 7 deadly sins does your character fight (or give into, willingly or not)?
(lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, pride)
Which of the 7 virtues does your character have (or fight against)?
(chastity, abstinence, liberality, diligence, patience, kindness, humility)