Tips for Character Writing and Development

As an aspiring writer and filmmaker, character is my favorite thing about what I read, watch, and study. It’s also the most difficult thing to write myself. But I understand that great characters take time and effort!

Here are my 5 Tips for Character Writing and Development!

Write what you know / Don’t be afraid of inspiration

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Sometimes I make writing more complex than I need to by trying to write about things I don’t completely understand (yet). Great things can be found all around us. Especially when something is inspired by yourself!

I am writing a novel right now and my protagonist is heavily inspired by me. It’s fun and makes things a little easier. This is just one way to approach character, of course!

Details, details, details

You should know everything about your character! From what they like to eat for breakfast to how they deal with disagreements. J.K. Rowling has boxes of files she wrote about Harry. Gillian Flynn made iPod playlists for her characters, Nick and Amy in her hit, Gone Girl. Everything is up to you so think hard but have fun too.


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This goes hand-in-hand with the point above. When creating your character and coming up with all their quirks and characteristics, to take it to the next level, you may need to ask questions and research things you may not know. For example, if your character is an addict:

  1. What are they addicted to?
  2. Where and how do addictions usually start?
  3. What does this do to your character’s health (and mental health)?
  4. How would this effect mannerisms, relationships, their job, etc.?
  5. What do addicts try to get over their addiction?
  6. What are the actual processes of rehab, if your character ever went or is trying to go?

This can all be researched if you need more info!

Writing weaknesses and vices is great

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Don’t let me tell you who to write. With this point, I just want to remind you that characters who are flawed and imperfect are great. Whether they are a loser, awkward, broke, prideful, mean, full of lies, or all the other things we look down on, it can work. It makes things more complex, realistic, and interesting.

Examples: Walter White (Breaking Bad), Daniel Plainview (There Will Be Blood), Thomas Shelby (Peaky Blinders)

Play Sims with your characters

By this, I mean that you should put your characters through something. Make them do stuff. Make hard stuff happen to them! I can’t be the only person who would trap their Sim in a room without food or a toilet, just to see what would happen. No? No one else? Oof. Anyways, when you put them through something, the development of character and plot grow.

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That’s it my fellow writers!

These are just some of my tips for character writing and development! When it comes to writing, there is an infinite way to do things. I still have a lot to learn myself too, so if you have any tips for me, I’d love to hear them! Thanks for reading!


i’m Tesi! I know this picture makes me look like a real estate agent but I’m really just a wanna-be filmmaker, cinephile, gamer, bookworm, and writer. Welcome to my lifestyle blog. You’ll get a lot of content on self-care, films, TV, books, and writing but there will be a lot of other things too. Sorry,I have a lot of interests. Thanks for reading!

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