DR. JOHN SAYS: MAKE REAL PEOPLE WITH THE “38-POINT CHARACTER CHART”


1. Name
2. Age
3. Height
4. Weight
5. Birth date
6 Birthplace
7. Color hair
8. Color eyes
9. Scars or handicaps (physical, mental, emotional)
10. Educational background
11 .Work experience
12. Best friend
13. Men/women friends
14. Enemies and why
15. Parents
16. Present problem
17. How it will get worse
18. Strongest and weakest character traits
19. Sees self as–
20. Is seen by others as–
21. Sense of humor and kind
22. Basic nature
23. Ambitions
24. Philosophy of life
25, Hobbies
26. Kind of music, art and reading material preferred.
27. Dress
28. Favorite colors
29. Pastimes
30. Description of home physical, mental and emotional atmosphere
31. Most important thing to know about this character
32. One-line characterization
33. What trait will make the character come alive and why?
34. Why the character is worth writing about
35. Why is he/she different from other similar characters?
36. Do I like/dislike this character? Why?
37. Will readers like/dislike for the same reasons?
38. Characters who are remembered are those who are strong in some way, saints, sinners or combinations of both. How will this character be remembered?

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