How do you flesh out characters?

Discussion in 'Fiction Writing' started by mirky, May 14, 2019.

  1. mirky

    mirky New Member

    Just curious! I try to complete the Myers-Briggs test as them, and then do super short flash fiction pieces from their lives. It's fun and good practice definitely
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  2. notaubs

    notaubs New Member

    I love character creation more than I do writing stories with them sometimes. There's so much you can do! Apart from personality tests, which I definitely do, too, you can attack it from more abstract ways — making a playlist that suits their personality, a Pinterest board with images that suit their aesthetic or just remind you of them in general, you can try to flesh out their physical appearance by "casting" them with real actors or models. Sometimes when I'm out of ideas, I make up a random birthday for a character and use the zodiac stereotypes for that birthday as a base for the character.
  3. opossumway

    opossumway New Member

    a good way to develop interesting characters is to give them a flaw, it makes them more human.
  4. Jack96

    Jack96 New Member

    What you do is a great idea. I like creating myself a list of questions about the personality and characteristics of my character. I like my list of questions very long, from 50 to 60. It allows me to go deeper on the character. The questions can inquire information that don't have anything to do with hi/her participation in the story. Hope it helps. Now I am gonna try to complete the Myers-Briggs test as them. Sounds really fun.

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