One of the things I always have trouble with is creating characters. Not coming up with them per say, but making them well rounded. Making them feel real.
I’m also one of those people who cannot stand to fill out character questionnaires. They are just so long! And I don’t have time for that. (In reality, I struggle to sit there and answer the tougher questions like what they would do if they saw someone drowning, or what memory is most precious to them.)
I’m also a firm believer in letting the story develop your characters instead of doing it yourself- more on that another time.
This is the 1,2,3 method. I made the exercise above to help me create my characters personality in a quick and easy way. Using this I can easily identify the parts of my characters that will help make them identifiable to the readers- something that will give them the base of their voice.
1. You start with their core value: the one thing they value above all else. The one thing that is the most important to them. For some people it’s their family, or their friends. Maybe they value trust most of all, or perhaps even strength.
2. Your characters flaws. (Yes, sarcasm is a flaw. No, I don’t know why. No, sarcasm is not a bad thing.) You need two of these.
3. Traits. Their main characteristics and attributes. You need three of these.
Now, a person is not defined by their personality flaws and traits. They can be much more than the five you pick. Situations and people can effect how the characters behave. But these are their main attributes- the ones they exhibit the majority of the time.
I hope you find the worksheet helpful. Let me know if you give it a shot!
Good thoughts and happy writing!