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Building Believalble Characters!
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Character Development: Filling Out a Character Resume!
Plausible and complex characters are crucial to successful storytelling. This entails not only the protagonist, but the antagonist and a carnival of minor characters.
The importance of character development was hammered home to me at the AJC-Decatur Book Festival when New York Times Best Selling Author N. M. Kelby did an impressive two-hour presentation on Character Development.
Think of any great book and the main character pops into your mind: Pride and Prejudice: Elizabeth Bennett, The Great Gatsby: Nick Carraway, Janie Starks: Their Eyes Were Watching God, To Kill a Mockingbird: Scout Finch, Devil in a Blue Dress: Easy Rawlins, etc. The list can go on and on with many examples from literature.
Your Main Character:
1. Delivers your point of view to your readers
2. Is identified forever with your book.
3. Is memorable and creates lasting memories for your readers.
All your characters should respond to their experiences by changing or by working hard to avoid changing. As they seek to carry out their agendas, run into conflicts, or fail or succeed, and confront new problems, they will not stay the same.
If you want to write a successful novel, you must create a realistic group of characters to move your plot along.
How do you get to know your Characters?
You must create a character resume for your protagonist, antagonist and a few of your minor characters.
Think of using a resume as if a character was applying for a job in your novel. You must complete a resume for your characters. This will give you the opportunity to get to know them.
For my fourth novel, Purple Phantoms, I had to develop totally new characters from the novels in my trilogy, A Brownstone In Brooklyn, Philly Style and Philly Profile and Ghost of Atlanta.
Before I even wrote a word of Purple Phantoms I filled out a resume for all the major characters. This helped me get to know all the people who will carry the storyline in this novel.
Will you use everything in a resume? The answer: No!
What you do learn is how your characters will react in certain stressful situations and critical moments in your book.
How can you put your characters in critical situations if you don’t know the personalities?
You need to fill out a Character Resume to help find the answers.
I have a character resume form that I use for the protagonist, antagonist and minor characters.
From past experience, I’ve learned the importance of developing this resume, which contains many questions. You don’t want to delve into your book and still don’t know what makes your characters tick.
Here is an example of a few of the questions in the resume:
Character Name:
Address & Phone Number:
Date & Place of Birth:
Height/Weight/Physical Description:
Citizenship/Ethnic Origin:
Parents’ Names & Occupations:
Other Family Members:
Spouse or Lover:
Friends’ Names & Occupations:
Social Class:
Social Class:
ETC. (Many More Questions)
Please email me,,requesting a blank character resume form and I will email it to you.
I also want to leave you with this thought:
“Keep Writing,
Keep Believing,
And Never Give Up On Your Dreams”

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More Blogs by JE Thompson
• What is Stream of Consciousness in a novel? Help! - Wednesday, April 08, 2015
• What kind of writer are you...your writing Style! - Friday, March 27, 2015
• Phantoms of Rockwood Debut Presentation! - Sunday, February 15, 2015
• JET Blog... - Thursday, June 12, 2014
• Thompson On...Do You Have a Mobile Website - Sunday, October 20, 2013
• Thompson On...A Hard Look at my Web Marketing Habit - Sunday, October 13, 2013
• Author Mary Gilmartin's Effervescent Website! - Thursday, September 20, 2012
• Purple Phantoms' Debut Labor Day Weekend at AJC-Decatur Book Festival! - Friday, September 07, 2012
• Purchase Purple Phantoms - Friday, August 24, 2012
• Thompson On...National Radio "Author Talk" Interview! - Sunday, June 10, 2012
• Thompson On...Mary Gilmartin's Debut Novel Book Signing! - Saturday, June 02, 2012
• Thompson On...Do One Thing Every Day That Scares You1 - Thursday, May 17, 2012
• Julius Thompson Enrolled in the Digitial Revolution! - Tuesday, May 08, 2012
• How I reached the writing of my fifth novel: Chasing The Wind - Friday, May 04, 2012
• Julius Thompson on Julia Widdop National BlogTV Show! - Friday, April 13, 2012
• Thompson On...One Writer's Journey to Become a Successful Novelist! - Sunday, April 01, 2012
• Thompon On...Choosing a Point of View in a Novel! - Tuesday, March 20, 2012
• Thompson On...Subplots in Novels! - Tuesday, March 13, 2012
• Do You Have A Mobile Website? - Monday, December 26, 2011
• Purple Phantoms: Young Adult Novel! - Sunday, December 18, 2011
• Julius Thompson Teen Read Week 2011 Presentation! - Monday, October 17, 2011
• Julius Thompson with Brooklyn Icons! - Thursday, September 22, 2011
• My Birthday Television Interview! - Saturday, September 10, 2011
• The Author's Life: Marketing, Marketing and more Marketing! - Saturday, August 20, 2011
• Is finding a literary agent an impossible dream? - Thursday, August 11, 2011
• Novel Writing: The Setting! - Saturday, August 06, 2011
• Goodbye Borders! - Friday, August 05, 2011
• Bloodlines, Tales From the African Diaspora Book Review! - Friday, August 05, 2011
•  Building Believalble Characters! - Friday, August 05, 2011  
• Description: Be Specific! - Friday, August 05, 2011

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