World-Builders Series: Week 6: Character Creation

How to Build Your World: Character Creation - Jessica Cauthon #writing #writingworksheet #worldbuildingWorld-Builders Series: World and Land Creation
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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.

Character Creation

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.

World-Builders Series: Character Creation - Jessica Cauthon #writing #worldbuilding #writingreference

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!

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The Daily Prompt: November 16, 2017

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The Daily Prompt: November 15, 2017

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The Daily Prompt: November 14, 2017

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Book Review: Better Off Dead

Better Off Dead: A Book Review by Jessica Cauthon -- www.jccauthon.com #reading #books #bookreview

Better Off Dead by H.P. Mallory

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

When I saw the cover, I thought it was going to be a really bad read because yes, I do judge a book by it’s cover sometimes. I was wrong this time. It was definitely a beginning of a series novel, or a Book 1 of whatever novel. There was a lot of world set-up in it, but H. P. Mallory did a good job of spacing it out between action and dialogue, so it wasn’t as noticeable as it is in so many other novels I have read.

The characters were very well-balanced. The only one I really had a problem with was Bill, and that was mostly because I always new that when he opened his mouth, something rude and crude was about to be said. He seemed a little flat to me in this book simply because I always knew what he would do next.

I did have a few problems with the Lily character. She died and was sent back as a Retriever. I get that. But she was supposed to be sent back with a completely new identity so that her original self would be dead. She got a new body, and a new name, but she introduces herself constantly as Lily Harper, instead of with her new name. Just leaves me wondering if that will cause problems down the road.

All in all, a good read. A quick one. I finished it the same day I started it.

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