Currently, I am developing my characters before I begin writing my story. There are plenty of ways to develop characters, and I’m sure there are plenty of resources on the internet that can help you. However, I have a specific way that helps me, and if this doesn’t work for you, it doesn’t matter. Not everything works for everyone.
Personally, I love to know my characters like I know the people closest to me. I want to know everything I can about these characters, and be pleasantly surprised when they do something I wasn’t expecting. In order to do so, I like answering character questionnaires.
There are so many character questionnaires around the internet that it becomes difficult to know which ones to go with. The more in depth the character questionnaire is with its questions, the more likely I am to pick that one. I like to answer random questions, because it allows me to broaden my characters.
I did find a helpful tip I will probably do at some point. Someone once said to write down everything you know about your character, and write down what you don’t know. That way, you can work out what you don’t know and write down an answer.
If you want character questionnaires but you have no idea where to even begin looking, I managed to find a good picture. Credit.
Personally, I prefer to develop my characters before I begin writing, but that’s down to personal preference. Either way, characters need to be developed enough that you can answer any question thrown at you about your character. If you really struggle to answer a question, I’d suggest continuing to develop them.
Developing characters is one of my musts before I can even consider writing the story. To me, it is a crucial element to any story. I want to do the best job I possibly can to develop said characters to the highest standard. Hence why I am currently answering character questionnaires.
I hope this has helped.