February 6, 2015

Casual Friday: How Well Do You Know Your Characters?

Happy Friday, Misfiteers!

Lately, I've been thinking a lot about characterization. I'm starting a large revision based on some excellent notes and a lot of it is about characterization. Flesh it out! So it got me wondering how others get to know their characters. I put out a tweet asking how others got to the hearts of their characters and just let the awesome writing community weigh in ;o)


I got a lot of cool responses. Here's a few I thought were really interesting and helpful!

This is one I've never heard but sounds cool!


Here's another suggestion that I thought was really insightful and smart!

This is one I do!

This was another I found really helpful!


Several writers use playlists or talk to their characters either out-loud or in their minds. Some writers use special interview sheets. There were several with Pinterest boards. I personally love quotes for character inspiration. Here's some of the ones I've pinned recently.



And I certainly can't leave out GIFs. GIFs are made of magic and a cool way to "see" your characters.

Here's a couple of Castiel from Supernatural because he's awesome and adorable.




Big THANK YOU to my writer friends who tweeted me and gave these great suggestions!

Okay, what about you? What do you use to get to know your characters?

Have a great weekend!!

4 comments:

Stephsco said...

I'm open to trying just about everything for character planning. I've done horoscopes. Goal Motivation Contact grids, and writing journal entries in the character voice. That freewriting type exercise is far more helpful than I imagined.

Jesi Lea Ryan said...

Excellent post!

erica m. chapman said...

Oh! Those are great ideas!! I love the horoscopes ;0) free-writing is a great idea too. I'll have to try it!

erica m. chapman said...

Thank you ;0) it was fun to write! Thanks for your tweets ;0)

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