Day #10: In Depth Character

Yesterday, I told you not to stress if you didn’t write down or collage every detail for a good reason. We’re starting out the beginning of the week by giving ourselves more time on the same exercise. The difference is that today we’re going deeper.

Day #10 is about going in depth. As a writer, you need to know how your character walks, talks, and thinks. You need to know them more than they know themselves so that you can develop them. This may be similar to being a parent. You learn when to help, push, hug, and let go. Your character will have a mind and personality of their own.

As a parent, friend, and writer letting go isn’t easy. They will make mistakes and have triumphs. Ask how and when your going to give them the tools. Do they have special knowledge or expertise on something specific? I say specific because this exercise is supposed to help you narrow things down. No one can do everything on their own. Our flaws are what make us unique and beautiful.

Get out those mighty pens and write about the gossip. Then, get deep. Don’t write the whole novel, just about your characters. Most importantly, remember that the details your writing today are to get to know your characters. Let them speak in the pages and don’t fill in every detail when you introduce them. Let them develop.

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~Yoon Ju

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I’m an author in Minnesota who started out writing and illustrating Children’s books. I’ve published poetry and adult Romance Novels. I created my website and social media to reach out to other writers because the process can be lonely. I wanted to reach out to readers, writers, and those with a dream of finishing “that” novel. I share the advice of other writers and the tools I use to create my stories.

One thought on “Day #10: In Depth Character

  1. I know my protagonist very well, She is one of the ladies in my Henhouse series. I go back to a time in Colleen’s life when she was a police officer in Chicago. The biggest challenge will be writing her younger self.


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