One of the best ways to create believable fiction is to structure it around believable characters. But how do you get to know your characters well, and give them the depth of real people?
One excellent way is to create a list of everything you know about each major character. I’ve created a form you can print out and fill in. It makes the process easy, and will encourage you to stop and think about facets of the character you may not have considered.
In addition, one of the most important attributes you can assign to a character is his or her story structuring flaw. The flaw will be something the protagonist must overcome to solve a problem. And for your antagonist, it will be something he or she can’t overcome.
You can download the latest version of my Comprehensive Character Attribute Form here.
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