Day 3 on the A - Z Blogging Challenge journey and I'm going to write about character development.
When I write a fictional character, I always start with a character chart. If you write fiction, you may develop this information about your protagonist and antagonist as you write the characters. I used to be more organic about it, keep it all in my head, but now I find it useful to write an 'official' character chart for primary characters. I generally cobble together a character chart for secondary characters as well. For tertiary characters, I use a subset of this chart but still find it useful to write it out.
This character chart was first introduced to me in a creative writing class. I've modified it extensively, and added elements that help me flesh out a fully-formed fictional character.
1. Full name
3. Physical appearance (height, weight, hair & eye color, anything physically defining)
4. Birth date
6. Scars and handicaps (physical, mental, emotional)
7. Educational background
8. Socioeconomic background
9. Work experience
10. Best friend (and for how long)
11. Other men/women friends (general social status)
12. Marital status
13. Sexual preference
14. Enemies (why and for how long)
15. Parents (living, dead, still married, broken home, relationship with each)
16. Siblings (how many, gender, living, dead, relationship with each)
17. Children (how many, gender, living, dead, relationship with each)
18. Present problem(s) (physical, mental, emotional)
19. How will this problem progress / get worse
20. Strongest and weakest character traits
21. How does the character see himself/herself?
22. How is the character seen by others?
23. Sense of humor (yes/no and type of humor)
24. Basic nature
26. Philosophy of life
27. Religious background and current beliefs
29. What keeps the character up at night? Biggest fears.
30. What is the character most proud of? Greatest accomplishments.
Did I miss anything big?