Want to break up your routine for coming up with characters? Play a game! Come on. It'll be fun.
And the characters in your head might play too. Or they'll hate you for it. Let's see!
You're familiar with those shake-box-full-of-names-and-pick-one drawings. This is like that.
Character Trait Shake-Up Game
- Shoe box with lid
- tongue depressors
- two different colored markers
- pen and paper
- (optional) unbiased minion
- (opt.) Trait Thesauruses (Thesaurai?)
1. Write out boxes for your random characters. You can use these for anything. I'm gonna use them as a resource in case I need a new minor character, or an idea for a main for future books.
2. Write down as many negative personality traits as you want. I chose 27 with the pink marker. Then write down the positive traits with the other colored marker. (I also chose 27.) Keep the negative and positive traits segregated.
3. Put one set of traits in the shoe box and summon your minion (if you have one). Have them shake up the box and choose 3 sticks.
5. You made random characters! Congrats!
There are also generators online if you're not a kinesthetic type, or don't want to bother with this activity. Here are some resources that quickly help you in the character field:
Three random traits: Random Character Trait Generator
Simple button to push and write down whatever shows up.
Complete character: Character Design Inspiration Generator
To play, just take a screenshot of the section
(Command+Shift 4 for Macs)
you want for making your character.
Character quirks and other randomizers: Quirk Generator
How fun is this? I giggled. I use quirks of mine and place them in all my characters, but if you want total random, try this generator. They also made lots others for role-playing and writing. Fantastic!
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Hope was this fun for you as I had making it. My little monster liked choosing for me, so I'm glad he helped with my writing. He's patient when I work but needs that attention from mom. Probably why I don't get work done as fast as everyone else. But work is work. Family is everything. They're only kids before they're not.
Tell me your thoughts! How do you make your characters? Are there different ways you found interesting? I'd love to know.