Wednesday, November 17, 2010
3D seems to be the up and coming thing in movies. What about books and most especially what about the characters in your books?
I like to give my characters three dimensions: physiology, sociology, and psychology. Let's take a brief look at each one.
Is your character male or female, old or young, tall or short, heavy or thin? I think you get where I'm going with this. Physiology is about your character's outward appearance.
Was your character born into wealth? Or was he/she given away at birth? What kind of education did your character receive? What schools did he/she attend? What were his favorite subjects? What was her home life like? Did your character have brothers or sisters or was he/she an only child? Does your character believe in religion? What nationality is your character? What does he/she like to do for fun? Sociology has to do with how your character was socialized.
Physiology and sociology molds your character and develops his/her psychology. What kind of moral standards does your character have? Is he/she ambitious? What is your character's temperament like? Is he/she obsessive, easygoing, or superstitious? What talents does your character have? And how smart is he/she?
Now tell me what I've missed. How do you develop 3D characters?
Posted by Kathi Oram Peterson at 9:32 AM