Updated: Jul 27, 2022
Why is character development so important to your book? Your characters are tied with plot as being the most important parts of a story. You need to have fully realized, interesting, and entertaining characters. Without them, your book is a car without a driver, and readers won’t keep reading.
So how do you make vivid characters? One way is by creating a character profile. This is a document that prompts you to invent many facets for your characters.
Your character profile should include sections for:
Physical characteristics: age, height, weight, build, eye color, hair color
Inner characteristics: strengths, weaknesses, inner conflicts, outer conflicts
Life details: job, hobbies, political affiliation
Social details: family members, friends, enemies
You can go as in depth with your character profile as you want. Some writers even like to figure out what a character’s favorite movie or favorite color is.
One reason your character profile is important for storytelling because a character will react to a plot point differently based on their background. For instance, if two characters showed up at a gun rights rally, they may be on different sides of the protest line depending on what political party they belong to. It could even be that a character whose favorite movie is Rambo would react differently to this scene than one whose favorite film is Bambi.
Get your free Character Profile worksheet.
Erin Servais is a book editor and author coach for Dot and Dash, LLC. To learn how she and her team can help you with your next project, email her at Erin@dotanddashllc.com.
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