I’ve been busy lately, still developing some archetypal characters (this time using astrology), but wanted to share some of the recent (and not so recent) reads on character development I’ve discovered. Below are the links.
Note – some of these are years old, but still relevant. They just happen to have been re-discovered and shared recently via facebook, pinterest, tumblr or arrived on my feeds.
- 7 Tips to Creating the Perfect Antihero – Stephanie Norman guests on CS Lakin’s blog.
- Character Cards in Scrivener – Jefferson Smith’s 2014 post is less about Scrivener and more about creating mockup graphics with images and trait words. You can do this in anything – powerpoint is a good one. But as a comment suggests – don’t get stuck on only a few trait words.
- 10 Ways Plot Structure Influences Character Arc– KM Weiland’s 2013 guest post on Elizabeth Spann Craig’s blog. It basically gives a template of character arc through basic plot points.
- Careers by (astrological) sign – I am currently learning about archetypes from astrology. I admit that some aspects make little sense to me, but if you know your character’s general astrological sign (and rough personality) then take a look at the possible career or role fits for your character.
- Master Post – Use the Zodiac Signs to Inspire Character Development – speaking of astrology, Bryn Donovan’s 2015 post series is indexed here. These are the posts that inspired me to look into astrology for archetypes this month. I’ve since discovered a couple of courses and writing craft books on the subject.
- What Happens If I Survive the Apocalypse and Only Have One Pair of Contact Lenses?[Mental Floss] – research is always important, especially if you’re writing apocalypses or wear contacts like me.
- Lessons from Characters Who are Writers – Discovering the Writing Life – Two Writing Teachers hold a blog for teachers. But this post has a lot to offer any aged writer. Pointing out the commonality of a writing life, through writer characters found in children’s books.
- Writing Worksheets – Villains. EA Deverrell provides new worksheets on Wednesdays. Here’s the villain one, and a link at the bottom of the post to an antagonist worksheet.