I don't remember exactly what it was but after I got through the things like 'height' (um, I don't know, about average?) 'weight' (thinish), etc. I remember writing things like "timid, but willing to fight for what she believes in" and "natural servant, perceptive, gentle spirit." I tried to translate that into actions - I mean, it sounds great! - but I just ended up staring at that darn blinking (mocking) cursor. I'd think "okay, so she's trying to convince this other guy ("carries deep wounds, weary, feels pressure to complete mission") to let her go with him and fight with him...and then I'd just stare at the blank (mocking) page because I didn't know how to put all of that into their actions. I really, sincerely feel like I did something very wrong here, but for the life of me I don't know what. And I've looked through your worldbuilding stuff and I know it would be amazing, but it's like the Garcia Effect - I threw up orange sherbet when I was seven and I still can't eat it, I screwed up character sheets once and I can't stomach them anymore.Margo wrote:Stringent? What kind of character study questions did you try? The best ones are 5% 'traits' and 95% 'other'. I suspect that would be the problem right there.dios4vida wrote:I've tried doing the character sheets but I have a hard time with the stringent, super-detailed worldbuilding sheets like Margo's. They make me shudder and feel like I'm doing homework again, and that ruins my creativity. The last novel I did character sheets for I had to trunk temporarily because I couldn't seem to think past the lists of character traits to translate them into actions and believable characters (to say nothing of the fact that I then couldn't even advance the plot!)
Do you have any advice for me?