more characters

Today I wanted to work quite a lot on my courses but something was holding me back. I was really reluctant to work on the given tasks but urged myself to do them anyway. I thought I could go back to the tasks and refine them later as long as I started and do something.

So I started the part with the setting on the Openlearn “Start writing fiction“. Nothing special there just the rule that setting + character = story. Well sounds somehow logic but if you try to put that into practise it is not that easy anymore.

Had an appointment at our surgery today and I used the waiting time to jot down as much as I could about how the waiting room looked like, what I heard, felt, saw, smelled ect. I think that is a good exercise to start becoming more aware of my surroundings as well as finding expressions to describe the setting. I really liked that and the waiting time was much too short for some strange reason :-).

In the evening I got myself back into working mode and made a list of characters for the Zara~story as well as a file for each of them with a list what I need to know about them:

The character’s name

  • A one-sentence summary of the character’s storyline

  • The character’s motivation (what does he/she want abstractly?)

  • The character’s goal (what does he/she want concretely?)

  • The character’s conflict (what prevents him/her from reaching this goal?)

  • The character’s epiphany (what will he/she learn, how will he/she change?

  • A one-paragraph summary of the character’s storyline

Taken from the Snowflake Method Step 3

Name? Age? Place of birth?

Residence? Occupation? Appearance? Dress? Strengths? Weakness?

Obsessions? Ambition? Work habits? Hobbies? Illness? Family? Parents?

Kids? Siblings? Friends? Pets? Politics? Tics? Diet? Drugs? Favorite kinds

of coffee, cigarettes, alcohol? Erotic history? Favorite books, movies,

music? Desires? Fears? Most traumatic event? Most wonderful

experience? The major struggle, past and present?

Physical/biological: age, height, size, state of health, assets, flaws, sexuality, gait, voice.

  • Pyschological: intelligence, temperament, happiness/unhappiness, attitudes, self-knowledge, unconscious aspects.
  • Interpersonal/cultural: family, friends, colleagues, birthplace, education, hobbies, beliefs, values, lifestyle.

Personal history: major events in the life, including the best and the most traumatic.

Taken from Openlearn Course “Start writing fiction

Well of course there are things that I do not need to know about them as it is a fantasy story but this is the general list that I made myself to create characters. I think that is quite handy 🙂

I only did Zara so far. But my next steps are outlined now as I will work on one character per day unless I get a fit of work mania. Well not very likely…..


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