Monday, March 7, 2011

Character Development

So I'm taking this online character development course with best selling author, Bob Mayer, and so far, it's been awesome. He's really got me digging deep and fleshing out what motivates my main characters--protags and antags both.

So over the next few days, I'll share with you what I've learned, in hopes that you can gain some helpful info on developing your own characters.

For today, I have six questions for you to answer about your characters:

1.  What is the identity your character shows the world?
2.  What identity does this character claim for himself? How does he/she view themselves?
3.  What truth is buried so deep, your MC doesn't even realize it?
4.  What first impression does your MC create?
5.  How would your character's acquaintances describe him/her?
6.  What circumstance would make him/her act contrary to his norm?

So think about those, mull it over, sit on it awhile ....

Next, I'll have some character basics for you, so check back soon for more good info!

How about you? Have any good character questions or pointers for us? Please share ....  

23 comments:

Angela Ackerman said...

Oh, looking forward to this series on CD. These questions are off to a great start. :)

Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

Rogue Mutt said...

Good lord, I hope he isn't charging too much for this. Unless you're writing a character-driven literary story, most of this is pretty moot.

Nas Dean said...

Sounds like a very workshop you're doing on character developement!

Looking forward to more!

welcome to my world of poetry said...

This sounds really good especially on cd. Hope all goes according to plan.

Yvonne.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

To some extent, I consider all of those things.
I remember another blogger offering the tip that for each character, fill in the blank after "Don't ____" (As in, don't leave me, don't lie to me - stuff like that.)

Lauri said...

I think the better you know your characters, the more real they come across on the page. I try to picture their houses, what music they would listen to, what they carry with them, what they eat for supper.

The Happy Whisk said...

Great to read that you're getting so much from the course. Fantastic.

salarsenッ said...

These are all fantastic questions. #3 is really a great one, and one sometimes overlooked. I'm going to highlight this in my Friday post!!

Katie S. Taylor said...

Great questions. I always love digging deeper into my characters' minds. =)

Katie S. Taylor

Kindros said...

Great questions. :-) Thanks for sharing these.

I should use these for my players in my rpg also (they are all power gamers though).

Oddyoddyo13 said...

Character tips are ALWAYS welcome here. I'll mull them over in a few minutes-I need some time to think about those ones.

Mary Vaughn said...

Characters are great people to know -- if you don't like them any more you simply erase them.

Seriously, these are very good questions to use.

erica and christy said...

Ooh, thanks so much for bringing this to us!! I love the deep secret one.

Maybe - What would your character describe as "the best thing that could ever happen to them"?
erica

Jules said...

Thank you for taking the course and sharing. I'll be over there mulling for a moment :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Florence said...

A good workshop to take, since I love the character driven story, more than the plot driven story.

Donna Hole said...

I'm a character driven writer. I think, in one way or another, I ask/answer these questions by writing character profiles. But I like haveing the exact questions to reflect on. I've seen other Q&A's like this, and I appreciate the tips.

Sounds like a course I'd enjoy.

.......dhole

Tracy said...

I think, for me, these sort of questions answer themselves while I'm writing. I'd probably screw my characters up if I tried to think on all of this ahead of time. That being said, if you have a character(s) that feel like they're coming across as flat, these sound like good questions to dig into to figure out how to fix them.

Definitely plan on checking out the rest of your posts on this!

kmullican said...

Great post! Thanks for the tips.

Colene Murphy said...

Awesome questions! Sounds like a really great class to take. Thanks for sharing!

Bob Mayer said...

I appreciate the nice words. I'll probably be offering the Character class again at the end of the year. We've still got a lot more material to cover this month. Here's the link for more of our courses
http://whodareswinspublishing.com/WIF_Workshops.html

Christina Lee said...

GREAT ones--I am working hard on #3 right now *brain fried*

Julie Musil said...

These are such great things to consider. Before I write the first draft, I do a character worksheet for each one in my manuscript. It really helps me get to know them better.

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

That's a great list! And not easy to answer, when just starting out ...