Thursday, October 14, 2010
Thursday's Thought: Are Character Charts Useful?
Character charts are a tool that fiction writers use to help develop their characters. Authors fill out detailed questions such as the character's DOB, strengths, weaknesses, etc. on this chart and refer back to it as they write their story. Click here for an example of one of these forms.
Some people, however, believe that these charts are unnecessary and would rather develop their characters organically. I have used these charts myself before, but sometimes a character changes on their own and I find that filling out the charts took longer than than it was worth in these cases.
What do you think? Do you use character charts? Are they beneficial to the writing process, or just an unnecessary use of your writing time?