Right now I’m at my midway point, or at least I think I am, I hope I am. 53,642 words to date and I’ve taken it upon myself to chart everything on a white board. Yes, I’ve written each scene line by line summarizing the plot. I had to write in a compact manner. I’d take a picture, but I’m sure it wouldn’t make sense anyway. I do find this exercise incredibly good for an overview of the story and it’s made me realize I have to do character profiles just to keep everything straight. What do I mean by character profiles you ask?
Something like this:
I also include: powers, weaknesses, age, eye/hair colour and height. This gives me an overall sense of my characters and if I keep referring back to my board I can keep them in focus.
The whiteboard is your friend. I cannot count how many times I’ve used my white board for story development, character profiles, and various doodles.
Let’s face it, doodling is an essential part of story writing.
Everyone has their own way of creating characters and this is part of what I do.