Harry Hirsute climbs into an open suitcase and awakes in…
As we all know writing is show/not tell anymore. Besides the useful info below I’ve always found using our five senses a huge help in writing.
AUGUST 24, 2014
Best selling author, Columbia MFA, and Fiction Foundry guest, Jean Kwok was kind enough to share her character sketch with me. I modified it somewhat and set it into a MS Word Table. Here’s the result.
Name of Character
Role in story
age, height, weight, hair, skin, physique
distinguishing features or habits, mannerisms
upon close inspection
What other people notice about her/him
Occupation, work experience
Strongest (or dominant) trait
Weakest (or latent) trait
Significant event that molded the character’s personality
Is the reader likely to have stereotypical expectations about this character?
How does the character defy the stereotype?
How does she conform to the stereotype?
Essence of the character
Ambition in life
What character does alone
Will reader like or dislike the character and why.
Does the character change in the story? How?
How does the character grow?
What does the character learn?
What does the character want?
Does character have intermediate goals?
What could prevent the character from achieving her objectives?
If the story were principally about this character what would that story line be?
Describe the character’s story in three acts:
Freestyle description of the character.
In the character’s own words: something the character says which is illustrative of her/his self-perception.