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I do. Here’s some of my favorites.
Writing Prompt Blogs:
unblockingwritersblock (what? I can be a favorite)
Yeah…I mostly follow prompt blogs. That should get you started though. Enjoy the muse!
It’s here! Here is a list I put together of 50 of my favorite questions to help develop a character. A lot of these I didn’t come up with myself, so to all those Tumblr users who made the original individual questions, thank you! Credit for those goes to them! Here you go:
- What is your character’s name? Does the character have a nickname?
- What is your character’s hair color? Eye color? What kind of distinguishing facial features does your character have? Does your character have a birthmark? Where is it? What about scars? How did he get them?
- Describe your characters family. Any brothers or sisters? If so, what’s there relationship like? Are they still in contact? Describe their parents or guardians if any. How were they treated growing up? What’s their relationship with their family now?
- Describe your characters friends. If they are a more developed character, you could fill out some of these questions for them. How close are they to their friends? How did they meet?
- Is your character in a relationship? What’s her/his name, how did they meet, how close are they? Describe dates they have or how they spend time together.
- Have they ever had their heart broken?
- What is in your character’s refrigerator right now? On his bedroom floor? On his nightstand? In his garbage can?
- How does your character prefer to dress? Does this reflect on their personality?
- How would someone who knows your character describe them?
- How would your character describe themselves?
- What is your character’s house like? How is it decorated?
- What is your characters bed/bedroom look like? Is it messy or perfectly tidy or somewhere in between?
- Age? Do they act this age?
- Any nicknames? Do they like being called this?
- Where do they live? How long have they lived here? Describe this place as well as you can. What are the people there like?
- Health (is this person usually sick? or very resilient?)
- Is your character more athletic or intellectual or artistic, or something different all together?
- How do they feel about religion or other issues that affect them or their communities?
- Who is someone that your character confides in?
- Does your character have a secret? Do they keep it well hidden or do they reveal it on occasion? To whom?
- Who does your character care about most?
- Any children? If so, what ages? Describe them.
- Would your character kill to protect anyone? Who? Why?
- Who or what would your character die for?
- Does your character drink/smoke/or do drugs? How do they feel about this? How do others feel about this?
- Favorites? Food, color, etc.
- What kind of music do they listen to?
- Describe their hobbies. Are they a musician, an athlete, what do they like to do?
- Describe their personality.
- Introvert or Extrovert?
- Social or a bit socially awkward? How do they feel in social situations?
- How do they react to medical treatments/doctors?
- Anxiety, paranoia, or any mental health issues?
- What does your character dream of at night? If they ever have nightmares, what are they about?
- Has your character ever been depressed? Why?
- Give a backstory. Why does your character act the way they do? Does this backstory affect that?
- How does your character react to loss? Have they ever lost anyone close?
- What are some flaws/weaknesses your character has?
- What are some good qualities about your character?
- What are some of your character’s greatest achievements?
- What makes your character smile? Laugh?
- What makes your character sad? Cry?
- Describe an antagonist, if any, your character has? What are they like?
- Does your character have any disabilities/obstacles? Does your character overcome them? How?
- Is there something they are likely to die from? What?
- Do they believe in the paranormal? Life after death?
- If your character went through something that left them completely disabled, how would they react?
- What makes your character angry/upset? Where do they go when they are angry? Who do they confide in?
- How does your character feel about violence?
Alright! I hope you find this useful! If you have any questions at all about these, send me an ask with the number from the question, and I’ll answer it about a character from my horror blog, John. Happy character developing!
This is an ultimate masterlist of many resources that could be helpful for writers. I apologize in advance for any not working links. Check out the ultimate writing resource masterlist here (x) and my “novel” tag here (x).
Outlining & Organizing
- For the Architects: The Planning Process
- Rough Drafts
- How do you plan a novel?
- Plot Development: Climax, Resolution, and Your Main Character
- Plotting and Planing
- I Have An Idea for a Novel! Now What?
- Choosing the Best Outline Method
- How to Write a Novel: The Snowflake Method
- Effectively Outlining Your Plot
- Conflict and Character within Story Structure
- Outlining Your Plot
- Ideas, Plots & Using the Premise Sheets
- Finding story ideas
- Choosing ideas and endings
- When a plot isn’t strong enough to make a whole story
- Writing a story that’s doomed to suck
- How to Finish What You Start: A Five-Step Plan for Writers
- Finishing Your Novel
- Finish Your Novel
- How to Finish Your Novel when You Want to Quit
- How To Push Past The Bullshit And Write That Goddamn Novel: A Very Simple No-Fuckery Writing Plan
- 25 Turns, Pivots and Twists to Complicate Your Story
- The ABCs (and Ds and Es) of Plot Development
- Originality Is Overrated
- How to Create a Plot Outline in Eight Easy Steps
- Finding Plot: Idea Nets
- The Story Goal: Your Key to Creating a Solid Plot Structure
- Make your reader root for your main character
- Creating Conflict and Sustaining Suspense
- Tips for Creating a Compelling Plot
- The Thirty-six (plus one) Dramatic Situations
- Adding Subplots to a Novel
- Weaving Subplots into a Novel
- 7 Ways to Add Subplots to Your Novel
- Crafting a Successful Romance Subplot
- How to Improve your Writing: Subplots and Subtext
- Understanding the Role of Subplots
- How to Use Subtext in your Writing
- The Secret Life of Subtext
- How to Use Subtext
- Creating a Process: Getting Your Ideas onto Paper (And into a Story)
- Why First Chapters?
- Starting with a Bang
- In the Beginning
- The Beginning of your Novel that isn’t the Beginning of your Novel
- A Beginning from the Middle
- Starting with a Bang
- First Chapters: What To Include @ The Beginning Writer
- 23 Clichés to Avoid When Beginning Your Story
- Start Writing Now
- Done Planning. What Now?
- Continuing Your Long-Format Story
- How to Start a Novel
- 100 best first lines from novels
- The First Sentence of a Book Report
- How To Write A Killer First Sentence To Open Your Book
- How to Write the First Sentence of a Book
- The Most Important Sentence: How to Write a Killer Opening
- Hook Your Reader from the First Sentence: How to Write Great Beginnings
- Foreshadowing and the Red Hering
- Narrative Elements: Foreshadowing
- Foreshadowing and Suspense
- Foreshadowing Key Details
- Writing Fiction: Foreshadowing
- The Literary Device of Foreshadowing
- All About Foreshadowing in Fiction
- Flashbacks and Foreshadowing
- Foreshadowing — How and Why to Use It In Your Writing
- Four Ways to Bring Settings to Life
- Write a Setting for a Book
- Writing Dynamic Settings
- How To Make Your Setting a Character
- Guide for Setting
- 5 Tips for Writing Better Settings
- Building a Novel’s Setting
- A Novel Ending
- How to End Your Novel
- How to End Your Novel 2
- How to End a Novel With a Punch
- How to End a Novel
- How to Finish a Novel
- How to Write The Ending of Your Novel
- Keys to Great Endings
- 3 Things That End A Story Well
- Ending a Novel: Five Things to Avoid
- Endings that Ruin Your Novel
- Closing Time: The Ending
- Behind the Name
- Surname Meanings and Origins
- Surname Meanings and Origins – A Free Dictionary of Surnames
- Common US Surnames & Their Meanings
- Last Name Meanings & Origins
- Name Generators
- Name Playground
Different Types of Characters
- Ways To Describe a Personality
- Character Traits Meme
- Types of Characters
- Types of Characters in Fiction
- Seven Common Character Types
- Six Types of Courageous Characters
- Creating Fictional Characters (Masterlist)
- Building Fictional Characters
- Fiction Writer’s Character Chart
- Character Building Workshop
- Tips for Characterization
- Fiction Writer’s Character Chart
- Advantages, Disadvantages and Skills
- Strong Male Characters
- The History and Nature of Man Friendships
- Friendship for Guys (No Tears!)
- ‘I Love You, Man’ and the rules of male friendship
- Male Friendship
- Understanding Male Friendship
- Straight male friendship, now with more cuddling
- P.O.V. And Background
- Writing a Character: Questionnaire
- 10 Days of Character Building
- Getting to Know Your Characters
- Character Development Exercises
- How Many Chapters is the Right Amount of Chapters?
- The Arbitrary Nature of the Chapter
- How Long is a Chapter?
- How Long Should Novel Chapters Be?
- Chapter & Novel Lengths
- Section vs. Scene Breaks
- The Passion of Dialogue
- 25 Things You Should Know About Dialogue
- Dialogue Writing Tips
- Punctuation Dialogue
- How to Write Believable Dialogue
- Writing Dialogue: The Music of Speech
- Writing Scenes with Many Characters
- It’s Not What They Say …
- Top 10 Tips for Writing Dialogue
- Speaking of Dialogue
- Dialogue Tips
- Interrupted Dialogue
- Two Tips for Interrupted Dialogue
Show, Don’t Tell (Description)
- “Tell” Makes a Great Placeholder
- The Literary Merit of the Grilled Cheese Sandwich
- Bad Creative Writing Advice
- The Ultimate Guide to Writing Better Than You Normally Do
- DailyWritingTips: Show, Don’t Tell
- GrammarGirl: Show, Don’t Tell
- Writing Style: What Is It?
- Detail Enhances Your Fiction
- Using Sensory Details
- Description in Fiction
- Using Concrete Detail
- Depth Through Perception
- Showing Emotions & Feelings
- Describing Your Characters (by inkfish7 on DeviantArt)
- Help with Character Development
- Creating Characters that Jump Off the Page
- Omitting Character Description
- Introducing Your Character(s): DON’T
- Character Crafting
- Writer’s Relief Blog: “Character Development In Stories And Novels”
- Article: How Do You Think Up Your Characters?
- 5 Character Points You May Be Ignoring
- List of colors, hair types and hairstyles
- List of words to use in a character’s description
- 200 words to describe hair
- How to describe hair
- Words used to describe the state of people’s hair
- How to describe your haircut
- Hair color sharts
- Four Ways to Reveal Backstory
- Words Used to Describe Clothes
- Using Flashbacks in Writing
- Flashbacks by All Write
- Using Flashback in Fiction
- Fatal Backstory
- Flashbacks as opening gambit
- Don’t Begin at the Beginning
- Flashbacks in Books
- TVTropes: Flashback
- Objects in the Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear: Flashback Techniques in Fiction
- 3 Tips for Writing Successful Flashbacks
- The 5 Rules of Writing Effective Flashbacks
- How to Handle Flashbacks In Writing
- Flashbacks and Foreshadowing
- Reddit Forum: Is a flashback in the first chapter a good idea?
- Forum Discussing Flackbacks
- You, Me, and XE – Points of View
- What’s Your Point of View?
- Establishing the Right Point of View: How to Avoid “Stepping Out of Character”
- How to Start Writing in the Third Person
- The Opposite Gender P.O.V.
- How To Say Said
- 200 Words Instead of Said
- Words to Use Instead of Said
- A List of Words to Use Instead of Said
- Alternatives to “Walk”
- 60 Synonyms for “Walk”
✑ USEFUL WEBSITES/LINKS
- Grammar Monster
- Google Scholar
- Tip Of My Tounge
- Speech Tags
- Pixar Story Rules
- Written? Kitten!
- TED Talks
- Family Echo
- Some Words About Word Count
- How Long Should My Novel Be?
- The Universal Mary Sue Litmus Test
- Writer’s “Cheat Sheets”
Last but not least, the most helpful tool for any writer out there is Google!
Seriously. Get on it.