Your hero’s dark side

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C. Patrick Schulze has a great post up on his blog about the importance of developing your hero’s dark side and its importance both for character development and the plot. It really turned on a lightbulb for me about the main character in the political thriller I’m plotting out. I also want to revisit a few characters in the other novel I’m working on, too. Check it out!

Great character development worksheet

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I love things like this. It’s a list of questions to get you thinking about various aspects of your main character — preferably before you really start writing your story — to help you flesh them out a bit and make them come alive for your reader.

I probably have four or five different character inventories on my hard drive.  One of these days, I’m going to combine all of them into one monster character worksheet, because each one I encounter has a few great ideas that I haven’t seen elsewhere.

Another great character development resource that I really like is Donald Maass’ Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook (currently unavailable at Amazon, but copies can be found on eBay), which has all sorts of exercises to help you further develop your characters (and various other aspects of your story – plot, conflict, dialogue, etc.), including exercises specific to protagonists, antagonists, and secondary characters.

Got any good sources for worksheets to help you develop various aspects of your story? Please share them in the comments!