World-Builders Series: World and Land Creation
World-Builders Series: Special Item Creation
World-Builders Series: Race Creation
World-Builders Series: Creature Creation
World-Builders Series: Deity Creation
World-Builders Series: Character Creation
World-Builders Series: Building Creation
World-Builders Series: Vehicle Creation
Over the last year or so, I have had several people ask me how I create my fantasy and science fiction worlds when I write. At first, I was stumped. How do I describe the methods I use to create my world maps, my races and creatures, my cultures? I would try, and I would try hard, but in the end, I only ended up with a glassy-eyed conversationalist who had long since zoned out. So, one day, I looked at my process, and I decided that I would stream-line it, create templates that would not only help me but would also help other writers and even game players who had to create their characters for the worlds they and their friends played in.
For the rest of the month of October and all of November, I will be sharing the eight templates that I use to build my worlds. Some of the worksheets are thorough, walking you through the ins and outs of what you need to create, and others serve more as jumping-off points. You may use only one to create a character, but you may use several of them to create a land, and all of them to create a world. It all depends on how in-depth you want to be when it comes to your world.
Over the last few weeks, we have been using my worksheets to build a world and populate it. We have created our land masses and realms, any magical items that may exist within them, added races of people and creatures, and we have discussed religions. This week, we are discussing characters. Plot and characters are the two things that keep a story moving, so having dynamic characters is extremely important. This is where the following worksheet comes in.
Every time I begin a new story workbook, I print off several copies of this worksheet. Each character gets one, even the random servant that only appears in chapter four one time. Every character is important in some way, and knowing the background of each character helps me determine how said character will react and behave when certain things happen to them.
Imagine a dragon is attacking a village. A character who has a history of standing up and protecting others is far more likely to help defend against the dragon than the character who has always looked out for themselves since the day they were born. The one who has looked out for only themselves will have a greater sense of self-preservation and will most likely lead the retreat out of the village as soon as the dragon starts to swoop in.
Each character is important, and knowing everything that you can know about each of your characters can really give you a feel for how the story will go.
Use this worksheet as much as you want, share it with others, and create all the characters that you want. Please do not claim this worksheet as your own, and give proper credit to me by linking back to my website. Thank you!