Hello Internet Universe,
Here’s where things get a little crazy or not-so-crazy when it comes to your characters. They are your creations. They are not puppets because if you create them correctly then they will move forward on their own. Sometimes they need a little push, but not enough to make them seem like puppets. You are not the puppet master, I repeat: YOU ARE NOT THE PUPPET MASTER AND THEY ARE NOT YOUR PINOCCHIO!
One of the things you need to know is their education level. You need to know if your 30 year old is a high school drop out or the holder of a master’s degree. If you don’t know how educated they are, how can you be educated enough to portray them on your paper or word document?
Also, do they derive from any mental illnesses? You need to know the chances of them getting any illnesses and if they themselves have any. You want to know if you’re female character will go home and cry or attack all of Manhattan with a nuke after a breakup.
A big, big thing you’ll need to know is your character’s learning experiences. Are they by the textbook or are they more of a street smart person? Have they dated a lot of cheaters and liars, or still with their first love?
Also, what are your character’s goals? What do they want to do for the rest of their lives or what do they want to do tomorrow? As a goal, that will help drive your character to the end point of your novel or short story.
Now here’s a big thing that is needed in every character-based story: How they see themselves and how they think others see them, it’s a good and important thing to know. Does your character have low self-esteem or are they conceited?
A good thing to know would be what would embarrass your character and if they think more emotionally or logically? Depending on how they think will alter their reactions to what would embarrass them. It’s a win-win situation for your main and minor characters.
All in all, everything you need will be written there for easy access.
That’s it for today,