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Get Your Background Characters In Line: How to Straighten Up All of Your Characters


Okay. So, when you are flipping through your novel… more likely scrolling, you might notice a couple awkward side characters. While they didn’t seem that bad while you were writing, you suddenly realize that a lot of them just seem like major creeps. It’s okay. That can be fixed! So, today, I’m talking about how to get your background characters in line! They might be one act characters that come in for a could important lines but really require little to no character development, but if they’re seeming a little funky, sometimes it just helps to do some super quick character sheets. Decide on a few quick things: 

  • Full name (with Nickname, if any)
  • Occupation
  • Significant Other
  • Gender
  • Physical Description
  • Role in the Story
  • Backstory (Keep it simple)
  • Likes & Dislikes
  • Quirks
  • Personality

Once you have this, make sure your little cheat sheet actually makes it into the story, use those details and check the characters one at a time. 

If you’re still struggling: 

There’s a website I recently discovered that is super helpful : Charahub.com. It’s a website that just makes it easy to keep track of your characters. It can be just for you or you can make it public (I don’t know what that actually means) but on the private settings it’s great! It’s got quick lists, lots of quick random questions, you can add pictures, links to websites, all sorts of things. But I like how it keeps track of everyone. 

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