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A Character Development Worksheet

Updated on December 30, 2013

A Statement of Fact

If your main characters are dull then you can kiss your readers goodbye.

I have no idea how many novels I have read over the course of my life. Thousands for sure, and one truth stands out as I look back over the literary landscape of my life: memorable characters mean a memorable book.

I have been known to stop reading a novel after the first couple of chapters simply because the characters did not engage me. They were lifeless. They were meaningless. They were vanilla when what I wanted was Rocky Road.

At the other end of the spectrum are those characters that had depth, that had dimension, that had that special something that I could relate to.

You know this to be true, don’t you? You are all readers and you know I am speaking the gospel here. Knowing that, then, we are armed with an important piece of information as we set about writing our next short story or novel….our characters need to be real.

I have mentioned in other articles that we should interview our characters to understand them better. Another technique I have found useful is to fill out a character worksheet for my characters. This worksheet allows me to gain background on them and thus give them that extra something that makes them interesting.

And what does this worksheet look like? Well I’m glad you asked. Read on!

What molded this young gentleman during his early life?
What molded this young gentleman during his early life? | Source

VERY EARLY LIFE

Under this category I have these subheadings:

Circumstances leading to the character’s birth

Circumstances of the character’s birth

Any oddities during babyhood and early childhood

Why do we care about early childhood? I can’t answer that, but hopefully you will have an answer once you do this exercise. Remember that you are trying to give your characters depth, so the process must include their entire lives. What will be important and not be important in your novel? There is no way of telling that when you begin, but chances are excellent that you will find this background information useful as you begin to tell your story.

FAMILY

Here we discover the nitty gritty about the protagonist’s close family:

Mother’s biography

Father’s biography

Siblings and a bio for each

Relationship with parents

Relationship with siblings

Parents’ relationship

Remember, in real life we are all greatly shaped by our family. At an early age we are walking, talking clones of our parents. As we grow older our immediate family is very influential, either positively or negatively. We seek perspective by putting our character through this exercise. We need to know who his parents were. We need to know what kind of relationship she had with her siblings.

EXTENDED FAMILY

Who are the members of the extended family?

What is the relationship with each of them?

Will any of this be important? That’s hard to say. As I think back over my lifetime, my extended family certainly had an effect on me; was it a monumental effect? Maybe, maybe not, but they most definitely helped shape who I am today. The same is true for your characters.

It is always helpful to listen to the pros

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How has this woman affected the life of this writer? | Source

FRIENDS

Best friend

Other close friends

Acquaintances who have a bearing on the story.

As we grow older our friends become more influential in our lives. Think of your closest friends. Think of your best friend. How have they helped to mold your life? Who is your lead character’s best friend? Why are they so close? What events led to them being such good buddies?

And who are the secondary acquaintances who your character knows or will meet? How are they going to add to the story? What motivates those bit-players in your story?

ROMANTIC HISTORY

First love

First serious dating experience

First time having sex and with whom

Current involvement

Now here is a category you can really sink your teeth into, right? Think of your own dating experiences when you were younger. Think of the later ones when you supposedly were “wiser.” How did you grow because of them? Now ask those questions of your character. Let’s get to really know this person as a person. Let’s open them up, slice and dice them, and find out what makes them tick emotionally and psychologically.

EDUCATION

Elementary

Junior High

High School

College or graduate school

How has school affected the character?

I don’t know if your character’s educational background is important or not, but we will never know if you don’t write it out. Our education is part of who we are. My father left high school when he was a sophomore because he needed to find work during the Great Depression. Later, after I had come along, his number one goal was to make sure I went to great schools and then to college. Do you suppose his own lack of education had something to do with his dreams for me? Of course they did.

Another helpful chat with a pro

How do events in our past affect us?
How do events in our past affect us? | Source

HOBBIES

What does the character love to do during spare time?

What does the character do when bored?

What activities make the character happy?

I have read novels where the main character loved to drink during his spare time. When he was bored he loved to drink. When he wanted to be happy he loved to drink. Get the picture?

Our hobbies say something about us. Some people live on the edge. If they aren’t skydiving this weekend then they are climbing mountains. They own fast, powerful cars and they go through life like their hair is on fire. Some people are perfectly content to stay at home and build model ships. For them that is excitement. How do we become that way? Why does one person love to collect baseball cards while another loves to actually play baseball?

Oh, we are so complicated, aren’t we?

TALENTS

What is your character very good at doing?

What is your character very bad at doing?

Now, how do the answers to those two questions affect your character in the story? What talents do they have that can enhance the story? What inadequacies do they have? How can you weave those things into your novel so that we can all relate to them?

IMPORTANT EVENTS FROM THE PAST

Defining moments during your character’s life.

I have certainly had some defining moments. The death of my father when I was twenty, suddenly catapulting me into adulthood; the time I almost drank myself to death and decided that maybe, just maybe, I needed to change my life; these are the types of events that most definitely change the course of our lives….and…give us depth as people.

And the Final Result Is?

Well, hopefully the final result of this character description is a character who will be fascinating to your readers. Remember my earlier words: memorable characters make for memorable books. To ignore that fact is to doom your book to failure. You can tell an incredible story, but without fascinating characters telling that story…living that story….your story will end up on the junk heap of good intentions, and I don’t think that’s what you want now is it?

Now go sit down at your computer and get to know those characters. Your readers will thank you for it.

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”


© 2013 Bill Holland

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It is my pleasure, Laura. Thank you!

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      Laura Schneider 2 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

      Excellent advice! Thanks again for helping our community to thrive and reach their dreams!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure Dianna...thank you for thinking of me.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this method of character development. As always, your wisdom is priceless!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend, good morning! If you find this helpful then I am happy. I love the process of writing. Taking one's imagination and making a "real" character from it. Taking words and altering reality with them...what a magical power we writers have.

      Have a wonderful weekend in the frigid north my friend, and blessings always

      bill

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      Michael-Milec 3 years ago

      Good evening Bill.

      Another " specialty " treat for the holiday. You're so serious and through my mind runs line " do you see what I see? ". From a distance , my guess for formation of a character might include an artistic modification reality and fiction, thus creating it lively, spontaneous as intuition applied in ordinary everyday perspective insight.

      Voted up, useful interesting.

      ( My originsl instructor taught me not to forget to vote, now it's appealing to me that I'm the only one making this ( mistake ?).[ Leaving me with a question how far is the end of a distance ?]

      Thank you my friend for all your help and encouragement.

      Blessings to you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Exactly, Deb; it's amazing more writers don't understand this. Thanks for succinctly pointing it out.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      There is no better way to formulate a character than to give them a life, just like anyone else.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I'm just glad to help other writers. I get a thrill out of knowing these tips help others. Thank you for your kindness.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      You always have great tips and ideas. Thank's for sharing again...

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE; I like to stay busy.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      You have been very busy writing and have come up with such interesting hubs over the holidays.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ginger, it is always nice to see you. Thanks for the visit and Happy New Year. If asked I'm not sure I could describe how my mind works; I'm just grateful that it still does. :)

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      ExpectGreatThings 3 years ago from Illinois

      This is so useful! I like how your mind works. I also think these questions would be good to ask the real-life "characters" in my circle. And I agree with you and your other commenters wholeheartedly. The best stories are the ones with the best characters. Ginger

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks vkwok; you are always appreciated here.

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      All things that need to be considered when making a character. Good advice, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Kathryn! That was sweet of you to share. Happy New Year to you my friend.

      bill

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Thanks for another great resource, Bill. I pinned it, and shared it here and on Facebook.

      Happy new year!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      dragonflycolor, great point about movies and characters and you are absolutely right. Thank you and Happy New Year to you.

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      dragonflycolor 3 years ago

      This is why characters in movies are becoming more and more shallow. There is no background, just a plot and sordid ending. These are wonderful tips! Thank you, billy.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad to hear it Sheila. I find the same thing in articles about teaching. Turns out I didn't know everything about teaching despite my eighteen years.....or else I forgot a lot. LOL Thank you and Happy New Year.

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      sheilamyers 3 years ago

      Of course I have a use for your hubs! Even if you're writing about something I already know or suggesting things to use (as in this hub) which I already use, the hubs are always great little reminders. I also always find some little tidbit I didn't think of myself.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      whonu, thank you so much. I wish you a very happy and successful New Year.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nadine, good luck with your search and as always, thank you so much.

      Happy New Year my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, I would say that is a very bad situation if the writer is not excited about their own creation. :)

      Happy New Year to you my dear friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lisa, that is music to my ears. I am so happy that you figured that out. Now get busy. :)

      Happy New Year my friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, welcome back and thank you so much. That high standard keeps rising....not sure if I'll ever reach it. :) Blessings and love my dear friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DrBill, if it is something you want then it will happen. Best wishes for 2014 and thank you as always.

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      whonunuwho 3 years ago from United States

      I always enjoy your work, Bill. Thanks for being you. whonu

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Wow I loved this article. Yes you are so right about all that you have written. I will soon publish the other biographies of my main characters, and short stories on some minor characters in my novels. I must just find them in my archives. Thanks again for your reminders.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Bill, useful and very important information for all the would be writers out there.

      I guess If the author can't get excited about his/her creations, neither will the reader. Thank you for this good practical information.

      I wish you a very Happy New Year and I'll be back for more next year :).

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      Lisa Williams 3 years ago

      Bill, sometimes I think you can read my mind! I was just telling my husband, this weekend, that I have figured out what a major flaw in my book is. My characters are lacking. I was trying to figure out how I could make my readers fall in love with them, when suddenly I open Facebook and find this article! I will be saving this link and using this article to really get to know my characters! Thanks for sharing!

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Oh how I have missed your gems Billy but so glad to be back again and able to enjoy and remember your wonderful look at life and writing.

      As I have said before (many a time)you have set yourself on a high standard by now my friend but not once do you disappoint .I share and save here and of course wish you and Bev a wonderful New Year.

      Lots of love as always.

      Eddy.

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      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      I've had a great time starting character sketches. My problem tends to be finishing them. I want to get back to writing my stories! Great reminders, again. Thanks, Bill ;-)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alicia, I'm glad to hear it was helpful. Happy New Year to you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It is my pleasure, Dora, and thanks for reading. Happy New Year to you.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Great information once again, Bill. Thanks for sharing your character development worksheet. As always, your hub is very useful for writers.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Bill, this is true and deserves the amount of work put into developing the character. When I do read fiction, I like to know appropriate nitty gritty details. It helps you like the character. Thanks for your instructions.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria my dear, Happy New Year to you. I hope 2014 is the year that new novel of yours takes shape.

      love always

      bill

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Bill,

      This is such a useful and well-organized article...wonderful details to consider as I continue to plan my first novel.

      Thanks, my friend...like you, this is a keeper. Love, Maria

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Melissa, I love to hear that it has been useful. Thank you for that and Happy New Year to you and your family.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      True words, Jackie. Time is precious and a writer better be aware of that if writing a book. Thanks for your thoughts and for sharing, and Happy New Year to you.

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      Melissa Propp 3 years ago from Minnesota

      Bill, I found this particular hub very useful. I think if I spent this much time developing my characters and getting to know them, then their actions and reactions would seem much more realistic. This worksheet is great.

      I wish you a Happy New Year!

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      This is so true; just like the book, the character has to grab you too, make you feel whatever the writer wants you to feel about them. People just have less time today than ever to give a book forever to grab you.

      ^ and shared as always my friend!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wiccan, I am very happy to read your words. If I'm helping people with these articles then I am one happy writer. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheila, it doesn't sound crazy at all to me; I know exactly what you are talking about. I can see you have no use for this article at all. :) Happy New Year to you my friend.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 3 years ago

      I like to try to flesh out my characters but you gave me even more great ideas here. I love fiction that's character-driven, be it a short story or novel, movie or television serious. Great hub as usual, Billy! Your writing hubs have been such a wealth of inspiration and ideas for me.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LK, I can relate to that. I have started stories and gotten so intrigued by the introduction that the story died on the vine. LOL Thanks for your thoughts and Happy New Year to you.

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      LKMore01 3 years ago

      Bill,

      When I was nine or ten I used to write character outlines, sketch pictures of scenes because that in itself was pure enjoyment for me. My friends and I would act out the plays. Most of the time a story was left unfinished. People are fascinating and you're HUB is full of practical magic. Thank you once again for sharing your knowledge.

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      sheilamyers 3 years ago

      And here I thought I was the only person to create biographies. I have one page for each of my repeating characters in a binder. For my main character, I wrote out quite a bit of the details before writing the first novel. As I write the newest novels, I jot down even more for all of the characters. Sometimes my characters keep their histories hidden from me until I need to explain why they react a certain way to a given situation. Yes, it sounds crazy, but they have a life of their own and talk to me.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Donna!

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      Donna Brown 3 years ago from Alton, Missouri

      Happy Productive Story Writing New Year to you too!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Donna, you stated it perfectly. Once we know our characters as real beings then they will practically write the book for us. It is an interesting process that works. Thank you and Happy New Year to you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Joelle! I read once that an easy read is a difficult job of writing and I believe that to be true. If a writer has done all of these things, then his book, article or story will be easy to read. Happy New Year to you and yours.

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      Donna Brown 3 years ago from Alton, Missouri

      You are right, it is so important to know about as many details about each character as possible before beginning the story. The better we know our characters' pasts, the more real the character appears to us. That doesn't of course mean that all of that information needs to actually be in the story. What is important though is to know that each character does have a past and that he or she will also have a future. Our stories are simply a part of the life of the character, not the entire character.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Great tips as always, Bill! A character should have many facets, like we have other wise he/she would be quite dull and the book would not be so interesting!

      When I read your articles, I think each time about the fact that when I read a book I don't think about every single detail you mention because I am taken by the book (usually). But in theory each author should go through those different steps that you explain you your different hubs and developing the characters and making them unique is for sure very important!

      Happy New Year to you and your family!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      manatita, you are so right. Once we have read some memorable characters we will only be satisfied by other memorable characters. Thank you for your observation and Happy New Year.

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      manatita44 3 years ago from london

      All very meaningful Bill. Character is essential!!

      I was lucky too, as I read a lot. One cannot help remembering characters when one reads so much. Great work!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Bill. I was pretty sure I spoke for most readers. Happy New Year to you and your family my friend.

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      You hit the nail on the head Bill. I have put down many a book because the characters were boring. If I'm not engaged and into the characters after a couple of chapters I move on. Great tips for anyone writing a novel. Hope you have a great New Year's.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, good morning to you. You are early today so I assume you are not working today. Good for you and thank you as always for stopping by. Happy New Year to you dear lady, and blessings always.

      bill

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      The more interesting the better, plus a little intrigue thrown in always helps too! Great tips as always dear Bill. Happy New Year, filled with loads of interesting characters, Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann.....don't tell Bev but I really don't like tea either. She tells me it is good for me....oh well, we all make sacrifices for those we love. Let's just say I tolerate tea and be done with it. :) A quiet New Year's for us; we both work the next day and rarely do anything on the Eve.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Poolman, greetings and Happy Monday to you. Most of my characters are people I have known in the past. I may tweek them a bit so they fit in my story, but there is no doubt that they are born from people in my past.

      Thanks my friend and Happy New Year to you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      John, you are a good writer and you will be better. Yes it takes time, but you have the tools to accomplish it. Happy New Year to you my friend.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      I would certainly offer you more than a cup of tea! Actually, I'm not really English, as I don't drink tea, even though I come from a great tea-drinking family!! Hate the stuff and deserted to coffee. However, I can make tea so you'll be ok.

      Seeing in the new year with some neighbours, some smoked salmon and some champagne - can't wait!!

      Cheers! Ann

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I hope that 2014 is the year you start that novel. I have no doubt it will be interesting. Happy New Year to you my friend.

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      Old Poolman 3 years ago

      Interesting read Bill. We can often build characters from people we know in real life. Sometimes a combination of character traits from two or more people we know builds a really interesting character. We all have that crazy uncle we love but find a little on the eccentric side. Many of us have had the boss who is a real dynamo and seems to know exactly what to do in any situation.

      All one needs to do is sit and think about all the people we have been associated with and a very interesting character may be born.

      I filed this hub into my read again file and plan to do just that.

      Happy New Year to you and yours.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Great advice as always Bill. It may be one of the things that stops me from writing more stories. The time it takes to develop good characters, before you even start to write the plot. I just need to practice more and devote more time to it I guess. Happy New Year.

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      If and when I ever write that novel that I just know is deep inside me, I will remember your advice. If I don't like the characters of a book, I will not like the book!

      Voted UP and shared.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, you have no idea how much I appreciate your friendship. One day Bev and I are going to show up on your doorstep and ask for a cup of tea. I simply must meet you in person. :) Happy New Year to you as well my friend. A good year is awaiting us for sure.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, thanks for a great laugh. By all means, make him the Sunday School teacher...talk about great depth! LOL Thanks buddy!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, I think your approach, to slowly bring qualities out, is the right approach. This hub is just a way to develop the background in your own mind so that you can show characteristics slowly as you stated. Thanks and Happy New Year to you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, you have me laughing. I had not thought of that when I chose that title. Sheez, it is a bit murky, isn't it? LOL

      blessings, hugs and love coming your way

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Flourish and of course I agree. I consider it our responsibility as writers to develop great characters. :)

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Really useful for people like me who can't always get their teeth into characters. I think you're on to a good thing if you base much of your character details on your own experience (your own or direct observation of others'); if you haven't experienced situation or circumstance then it's pretty impossible to identify and portray realistically.

      All is peaceful after prolonged Christmas celebrations but rather too quiet now!

      I hope you enjoy the remainder of 2013 and that 2014 is a good year for you and yours (personally and professionally). Happy New Year, bill!

      Ann

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      There he was coughing and low slung in his saddle with rope tied around him and the horn to keep him there. He rode up to the barber shop loosened the rope and fell into the dirt where the Blacksmith drug him by his belt into the "doctor".

      Marshal Dierker had been shot in the shoulder again. It was bad enough he had that knife cut scar from forehead to chin but he was starting to look like a pin cushion.

      (now do you think it would work so make him the Sunday School teacher too ;-)

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      DJ Anderson 3 years ago

      Oh, I just love this hub, Bill.

      You have shown how to breath life into characters.

      You have given a simple format to follow.

      I prefer to gradually bring qualities to a character.

      But, I know I can do better in giving some background attributes.

      Thank you, and Happy Monday!!

      DJ.

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Hi bill

      i am laughing as write this because when i saw the title I thought O, ok...so I will see how to improve my character!!!

      But I see it is about the characters I/we invent instead!!! Maybe I could use some of these to improve my own!!

      Helpful advice.....dull characters=no readers....

      have a lovey day

      Many Angels are headed your way bringing hugs and blessings ps

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      If a reader is going to invest time and money, this is the least we can do -- make characters lively and engaging. I have also chunked books after a few chapters because of poor character development. Good advice to consider these things.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It's always my pleasure, Sha! I just toss this stuff out there and hopefully someone can use it. Have a great day dear friend.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      I love this worksheet, Bill. This could actually be incorporated into your interviewing technique. I'm bookmarking this hub for future reference. Thanx for another bit of outstanding guidance!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nell, exactly....great point. There are books that I know I have read from the title, but I can't remember the storyline at all....but I sure do remember the character. Thanks as always my friend and Happy New Year.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, good morning and thank you so much. If this helps you then fantastic....have a great day my friend.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi Billy, this is really great advice, thats the trouble with some of the books I have read, they are so one dimensional that they drive me mad! I love reading stories when they flesh out the characters, I have read thousands of books too, and some I still remember years later because of the characters, in fact the story itself can sometimes come second to the main characters! great work as always, nell

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      I so had to pin this, because you truly had so much good information about building a intriguing and interesting character here in one place to refer to for when I do get back to novel writing once again. Thank you seriously for sharing here with all of us and have a wonderful Monday now!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, good morning. Thanks for dropping by for breakfast and a chat. :) This is so important....why writers skip over its importance is beyond me, but like you I will not read a book that does not have deep characters.

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      I read a lot..Big on mysteries--well crafted stories and good characters..Boring and trite characters often appear and I will put the book down. I like psychologically deep characters even in mystery stories. I like to know their depth, their faults etc... So I know where you are coming from.