Are your characters good at knowing what other people are thinking? Here are some traits that can be endearing in your heroes, eerie in your bad guys.
How to Be Emotionally Intelligent – NYTimes.com
Yesterday, I had lunch with some writer friends. When we meet, we always have a writing agenda and yesterday we were talking about character development. In the course of the discussion, we also talked about writers who do that well. I’ve made a note to read a couple of books by Maeve Binchy and an old classic, Lorna Doone by R.D. Blackmore. We can always learn by reading other writers. If, by some chance, you have missed Shirley Jackson, here’s a quick intro to her work. Put her on your list.
A.M. Homes on Shirley Jackson | Penguin Blog
I like to find less common sources of character-building inspiration. This post from Writer Unboxed provides several. Read one, pick a trait and use it as a writing prompt when you feel stuck on a character.
Writer Unboxed » The Science of Creating Authentic Characters
Here’s a set of questions meant to help people fall in love. But answering them could help you create believable characters. And maybe help them fall in love with each other.
No. 37: Big Wedding or Small? – NYTimes.com
People have pets, even people in fiction. Where would Dorothy be without Toto? Timmy without Lassie? Hermione without Crookshanks? James without Koko and Yum Yum?
Before you give your character a pet, consider what that choice might imply about him or her.
8 Things Your Pet Says About Your Personality | TIME
When a story is character driven, characters need to be well enough developed to move things along. Presence or absence of behaviors from this list could make for some interesting people.
Get to know one of your characters better by writing about how doing one of these things might change her or him.
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Looking for a strong protagonist? Someone to lead the rest of your fictional population at the office? In school? Or the factory? How many of these skills does he or she have?
10 Awesome Tips for Being a Better Leader
People need to live somewhere and do something. Here’s a list of jobs — some pretty quirky — to consider for your characters.
Which Job Is Most Unique to Your State? | ..Mental Floss
Quiet characters can be both important and memorable. Which of these traits best adds to one of your characters?
12 Quiet Rituals of Enormously Successful Humans | Truly Buddha
Combating loneliness can be difficult. One Japanese woman fights it by populating her village with dolls. What else might such a character do? What other quirks might a lonely character develop?
Creepy might not be the best word to describe the woman’s pastime — but it does make an attention grabbing headline. But you could easily skip the introductory text. It’s melodramtic. Go straight to the video for your inspiration.
In addition to letting the images inspire you, think about the role of video in both your storytelling and your marketing. How might you use it?
Why This Japanese Village Is Full of Creepy Dolls