The Mythic Guide to Characters: Writing Characters Who Enchant and Inspire by Antonio Del DragoHow do you create characters who are so compelling that they hook readers from the start?
As a professor, writer, and philosopher, Dr. Antonio del Drago has immersed himself in the literary and mythological traditions of the world. His search for answers led him to uncover the common elements behind all great myths and stories.
Applying this knowledge to the writing of characters, he has developed a layered approach to character creation.
In this guide, you will discover:
- The secret to writing multidimensional characters
- How to develop your characters unconscious motivations
- Four ways in which characters interact with their worlds
- Five formative relationships that shape your character
- Nine mythic archetypes and how to use them
- The difference between proactive and reactive protagonists
- Ways to define a character through dialogue and physicality
The guide also includes a detailed worksheet that walks you through the stages of character development.
This is more than a book on how to write characters. This guide offers a practical, step-by-step approach to character creation that is sure to take your writing to the next level.
How to Create a Character Profile: the Ultimate Guide (with Template)
I never end up using all the information in my story, anyway! Only use what's relevant to the actual story — otherwise you risk turning off readers with the dreaded "info dump. But the author always needs to understand their characters like the back of their hands. There are a lot of character questionnaires out there — some are good. Once you start answering those kinds of questions in a character template, you might be dealing with overkill.
Have you ever written a character who had short, lustrous hair in chapter one and frizzy ankle-length hair in chapter fifteen? Okay, maybe not. Or maybe his or her last name changes halfway through the book. But if the sticky-note system works for you, or you are happy with Evernote or you have another way of organizing facts, then you can still use this resource to help flesh out your character. Either way, I like options, so I designed two different worksheets, and you can pick your preference between the two. No fancy download buttons this time—just click the thumbnail below to download, and as always, if you found this helpful, feel free to share with others!
Previously I discussed the plot structure outline I use to create a skeleton of my story, and the scene worksheets that pad out that skeleton with muscle and sinew. I have several entries in my scene worksheets dedicated to primary POV character, secondary character, and motivation. You can see the whole sheet from Nevada, if you squint Character Name: This should be pretty self-explanatory. In fantasy and science fiction, this might merit some consideration. My secret weapon for finding realistic character names?