One of the two main tools I use to work on my novels are Power Structure, which I talked about in a previous blog post... and Character Writer. Both are instrumental for me, as a dedicated "plotter" in crafting my stories and the people and other creatures who populate them.
Character Writer is a wonderful tool for mapping out characters. It gives you the ability to learn so much about your characters... who they are, what they look like, how they grew up, who were their biggest influencers, and how they will respond to whatever situation you drop them into.
This software is affordable at $70, and well worth every penny! The description from the website says: "Character Writer is the next generation of writing software, combining the power of the Enneagram personality-typing system and the latest technology. Character Writer is a cross-platform software package that offers both character-generating and story-generating tools in one easy-to-use interface. Instantly generate character profiles and descriptions."
Essentially, what that means it that you get to create your characters by making choices about their base personality types, their internal dialogue (we all have that), their physicality, and how various characters interact with each other based on their personalities. After you've made the fundamental decisions about your characters, you then have space to fill in the blanks and build out your characters even more, as you respond to leading questions about appearance, young life, school, and job relationships. This is extremely helpful when you're trying to create hero/villain dynamics and/or hero/romance connectivity. How a character's personality plays off others will, in most cases, dictate their movements and decisions throughout the book.
While I don't always use EVERY aspect and tid bit of information created by mapping my characters this way, I do find it incredibly useful to know so much about the characters that they become natural entities within the story... and that makes my stories so much more interesting to write and to read!
I invite you to check out Character Writer. It helps me with my writing, and I'm sure it'll help you, too.
Diana Kathryn Plopa
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