Wednesday, November 17, 2010

3D Characters

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?


  1. I am hoping I have managed to give depth, and a bit of 3D to my characters in Maggie's Child.

    Sometimes we can visualise the characters for ourselves, but forget to write it down for the reader.
    Your list is a good reminder of what to consider while writing.

  2. Thanks, Glynis.

    I'm intrigued about your book, Maggie's Child. Has it been released?

  3. No, Maggie's Child is my NaNoWriMo novel.
    It is my favourite one so far. Something clicked into place while I was writing it. I have added snippets to my blog.

    It has made me realise how 'flat' my first, Ripper, My Love is, so will be editing that again. (Edit 10). I can see why that one received rejections now.

  4. I've seen the Hoover Dam many times. When I grew up in the forties and fifties in Salt Lake, my parents took us on many short trips in Utah and Nevada, and I saw it again maybe about five years ago. That is an amazing structure! It sounds like an excellent book. I'll put it on my TBR list! I'm putting yours there, also. I have to space out on my budget all the books I want to read!!

    Nice to see you on Twitter. I'm trying to learn how to use it!

  5. Glynis,
    Sounds like you're moving forward on your books. I love catching mistakes before my editor sees my work. Much luck on you NaNoWriMo.

  6. Ann,
    I think you'll love Jerry's book. I sure did. And thanks for putting mine on your list as well. :)

    I'm still learning my way with Twitter. :)



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