4 Positive Characteristics and 1 flaw: Character Creation Writing

Efficient Uninhibited Nurturing Empathetic Vengeful

You know the drill. Create a character with the above characteristics.

To help you, use the following to flesh out the character:

  • 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?

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