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)
So. Question for the writers. How do you get to know your characters? Do you interview them? Make lists? I'm just curious. #amrevising
— erica m. chapman (@ericamchapman) February 3, 2015
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!
@ericamchapman @jemifraser I've also used tarot cards, which is fun. I do fake readings with my character in mind.
— Jesi Lea Ryan (@Jesilea) February 3, 2015
Here's another suggestion that I thought was really insightful and smart!
@ericamchapman @rachelhwrites I tend to find a fatal flaw and then hang their entire personality on that. Works pretty well.This is one I do!
— Jessica Bloczynski (@jabloczynski) February 3, 2015
@ericamchapman I let mine walk around in my head for a few days while I get to know them :)
— Jemi Fraser (@jemifraser) February 3, 2015
This was another I found really helpful!
@ericamchapman If it helps at all, sometimes it's easier for me to figure out what a character WOULDN'T like/do/say, and that helps me...
— Erin Fletcher (@ErinFletcher11) February 3, 2015
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.