So instead of updating Two Candidates Walk Into A Bar, I spent this week creating the character sheet for Henry Cockburn. I say “this week,” but it was more like “today.” “This week,” I prepared myself to jump over the hurdles of procrastination to get to today’s results. Despite my resistance to filling out these questionnaires, I’m still proud of the work I did. And the results will make the next few chapters much easier to write!
I’ll create another sheet for Amal, and then I am done. When I first started writing a novel back in 2012, I made character sheets for anyone who lasted more than two scenes. I don’t think that’s happening again. Yet I’d still like to have a reference for minor characters regardless. It’ll be more fun to let readers fill in the details on bit players… but I’ll need to give my audience somewhere to start.
Here’s a selection of attributes from my character sheet, designed to help you think about minor characters. Check the original article for explanations on certain terms. You should at least know…
BASELINE EMOTION EXPERIENCED:
BASELINE EMOTION GIVEN TO AUDIENCE:
So let’s take a character from Two Candidates Walk Into A Bar, and give her a flashcard.
NAME: Sam Bonheur
DEFINING STRENGTH: Well-prepared
DEFINING FLAW: Deceitful
DEFINING QUIRK: Constantly pulls up Internet articles to prove her point
BASELINE EMOTION EXPERIENCED: Distant apathy
BASELINE EMOTION GIVEN TO AUDIENCE: Professionalism
INSPIRED BY: (I’d advise you to put someone you know in here. Right now, though, I don’t want to gossip. So let’s say that I’ll take inspiration from Ms. Warden in later drafts).
GOAL: Help Galen Schmeling win the election
Hope these prompts help you get back to writing faster!