Building Up Characters in the Creative Stories You Write

By Maggie Hamand

Part of Creative Writing Exercises For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

When writing your creative story, remember that the heart of a story is always its characters. Here are some ways to develop and deepen the characters within your creative writing:

  • Find a photograph or painting of someone who looks like your character. Describe the person in detail – not just the face, but the whole body.

  • Write your character’s school report and CV.

  • Write some of your character’s most vivid childhood memories.

  • Write from the point of view of your character, and then write about that person from the point of view of other characters.

  • Make a timeline of your character’s life from birth to death.

  • Write about your character at work and at play, at home and away.

  • Write about your character’s family and friends.

  • Write a dialogue, paying attention to your character’s voice and the way she speaks.

  • Write about one secret and one lie that your character’s never revealed or admitted to.