Sometimes you know a character from the inside out before you even start writing.
You know their likes and dislikes, their flaws and strengths, their physical appearance, their occupation, what makes them who they are and why they react the way they do. You know what makes them tick.
But then there are those characters that you can’t quite figure out. Sometimes you need a little push to get them started.
That’s when Character Generators can be helpful. #charactergenerator
I used to think that character generators and name generators were “cheating.” I mean, I’m the writer, the creator, shouldn’t I be able to figure this out on my own?
I was struggling with the back story for a side character in my current WIP. He’s not a crucial part of the driving plot, so I couldn’t quite picture him in my head, at least not as of yet.
My daughter, who writes FanFic and creates OC’s for her manga drawings, complete with back stories, is always talking about the many anime/manga resources there are on the web. So I decided to give it a try for my fiction WIP.
I ran across this website: http://writingexercises.co.uk/random-character-traits-generator.php
I have to say, if you’re stuck on plot line, character description, naming your character, or even just need a writing exercise to get your brain moving again, this site is awesome! And it’s free!
By the way, I’m not getting a kick-back from them or anything, but I just thought I would pass it along to my writer friends.
The “Character Trait Generator” is my favorite to use. It generates random personality traits, grouped 3 at a time that you may not consider going together. But, just like real life, our characters are dynamic and more than two-dimensional. One example I pulled up was “cowardly, sensitive, reckless.” See what I mean? It’s easy, and it’s a great launching pad to get you thinking about making your character more believable and engaging.
Do you have a favorite Generator website that you reference often?
I hope it helps get you out of the tight spaces and happy writing!