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Characters, despite being imaginary, are merely humans you create from scratch. Their histories, personalities, desires, and relationships are intricate and uniquer. However, the thought of developing an entire, imperfect human being can be overwhelming. Answering a series of questions, beginning with the fundamentals and becoming more in-depth over time, may alleviate some of the strain associated with character creation.
Before diving into this list, be sure to describe this character's role in your novel or story. Is this character primary, secondary, or tertiary?
If you are writing a minor character who will appear for only a few pages or scenes, you generally do not need to answer all of these questions. But if you're developing a main or supporting character with a significant role in the tale, you should absolutely review the entire list!
This is going to be a series and this installment we're going to start with the fundamental: backstory and relationships.
Family and Relationships
And that's it for today. I'm sure this will keep you busy so tomorrow, I'll have a few more sets of questions dealing with personality and motives to help with your character development!