Five Thing about Character Creation


While finishing writing Misguided Confession, I’ve begun the tentative steps of platting out a project for the summer and another series for later in the year.  I use Scrivener quite a bit, but I also keep a story bible in a little spiral notebook plus I have a cork board over my desk which I put my story board.   The picture above is my 2016 story bible, it’s covered in stickers because I’m a nerd.  I’ll use it for all the stories big and small that I write this year.

Anyway, here’s a few things about how I build a world for myself.


  1. Sexy hot men are great for inspiration, writer’s block and drooling on keyboards.
  2. Even if it never makes it into the story, know what my characters prefers to wear, eat, read, watch, etc.  It helps solidify them in my mind.
  3. Create a story board and add all the details into my story bible.
  4. Make sure the spelling of names and places are written out clearly.  This is very important because once I didn’t do this and consistently spelled the same character’s name wrong throughout a novel about five different ways.   I was consistently inconsistent as it were.
  5. Create a music playlist that reminds me of the characters, the plot and the mood of the story.

How do you build out the story in your mind before writing it?


One thought on “Five Thing about Character Creation

  1. You’re very methodical and organized. I wish I were like that, but then I wouldn’t be me. 🙂

    I have a few (2 or 3, depending) file folders for each story. One is for my character outlines, one is for the story (I print out each chapter as I finish it so I have a hard copy and a computer copy), and the last is for my story notes which is usually the thinnest folder for a long while as my notes start off on sticky notes that I stick all over, inside and out, of everything. Everywhere throughout my house. They do find their way into the folder. Eventually.

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