NaNoWriMo: Characters

Characters can either be the easiest or the hardest part of building your book, but when it comes down to it all you need to know is their motivation. Motivation will get your character going, but it might not be the easiest way to write. The more you learn about your character, the faster the words will come to you during NaNoWriMo, which is why we created a character development worksheet, nine of them to be precise.

Nine pages! That’s too many!

Nah. A lot of that room is space for you to write out your answers to our carefully crafted questions. Each page is designed to focus on particular elements of your characters so you can make a three dimensional main character. We recommend you print this out twice and answer it for your antagonist too, everyone loves a three dimensional antagonist.

Some of you might glance at it and think wow, this is possibly the most overwhelming thing I could look at, why would you do this to me? Fear not! When you first print this out, your goal is to go through and fill out everything you already know, which for a lot of people will be the Physical Appearance Page and the Favorites and Habits page. When you start to feel too overwhelmed, take a break and come back to finish everything you know. When you’re done with that, start with whatever page you want and answer some questions, feel free to skip around, you’ll find that some questions will help you answer others.

Obviously you don’t want to fill all of this out for every side character and random person that appears in your book, so we have a quick reference sheet, which is a boiled down version of the character development worksheets. It’s quick and easy to glance at in case you forget something, and perfect for side characters.

Some of you might still be overwhelmed, so I’m going to tell you this right now, you don’t have to answer every single question. However, if you do answer every question, your writing will go much smoother, and if you answer these questions for your antagonist, your plot will be super awesome.

So until next week, make some characters! Use the quick reference sheet for side characters and the Character Development sheets for your Protagonist and Antagonist. And if you aren’t buying our sheets, then remember that a good motivation and some word prompts are always a good way to flesh out a character.