Knowing yours characters personality is an excellent thing. It prevents writers from accidentally changing their characters voice, or making them “act out of character.”
Many of my writer friends give their characters interesting and detailed personalities. They are able to tell how their character will react in difference situations based on the traits their character has, which reflects on the amount of time and care that they’ve taken to model these characters.
So how do you give your character that winning personality? For starters, think about the type of story you’re going for. If the story is a comedy, try to give your character an eccentric and over dramatized personality.
Always keep in mind that there is a wide variety of personalities to choose from. You can give your character as many traits as you like, but try not to give your character two personalities that are complete opposites or things might get very complicated…and confusing.
If your character is a complete snob, it doesn’t mean that they can’t have a soft spot for animals. However if your character is very childish, then they probably shouldn’t also be the extremely serious type.
Here is a list of some personality traits that you can choose from when creating your character:
• Over Emotional
Tip: After you have created your characters personality, try writing out a couple of scenarios, starring your character. Don’t be afraid to get a little silly with this exercise. It’s supposed to be fun! If you are having trouble coming up with a scenario, don’t worry. There are many books, and online resources that have these type of exercises.