4 Positive Characteristics and 1 flaw: Character Creation Writing

Perceptive Playful Whimsical Courageous Scatterbrained

Make a character with these traits.
(Might be interesting with the negative trait scatterbrained.)

To help you:

The character’s name:
A one-sentence summary of the character’s storyline:
The character’s motivation (what does he/she want abstractly?):
The character’s goal (what does he/she want concretely?):
The character’s conflict (what prevents him/her from reaching this goal?):
The character’s epiphany (what will he/she learn, how will he/she change?):
A one-paragraph summary of the character’s storyline:

This is the initial character creation summary from Randy Ingermanson’s Advanced Fiction Writing page. Thus, you take the four positive characteristics and one character flaw and then create the rest using the guide above.  Is your character a protagonist or antagonist, or a side character? Is the flaw obvious or hidden? What about the positive characteristics?

2 thoughts on “4 Positive Characteristics and 1 flaw: Character Creation Writing

  1. This very nearly matches a new character I’m already working on for a new story, which started with the last character challenge, although the main character may not land where she started (Female Doc Holiday, but I’m trying). Anyhow, here he is (steampunk/fantasy):
    Character name: Thittlebod
    Storyline: Abducted by the emperor’s chancellor, because of what he can do, freed by the MC then on a mission to stop what he may have started.
    Motivation: Curiosity, the world is an amazing place, and Thittlebod wants to know everything
    Goal: In general, he wants to be himself. For the story, he wants the world to be a place where men like him can exist
    Conflict: Emperor’s chancellor.
    Epiphany: This character is not going to change, he’s not the perspective character. He will be the reason that other characters around him change. Of course, I don’t have the story plotted out very far beyond a rough sketch, and so I’m not sure where it’ll land.
    I’ve got a snippit of text that launches his story over at onwritingdragons.com. I’m too lazy just now to distill that into the comments.


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