Building Character

Building Character

By Felicia, the Neighbor Girl-

Knowing your characters well makes your writing about that character better.
Here are some ways to learn more about your characters.

  • If there is something you really like (a name or a personality etc.) you can build a character of off just that.
  • A good way to find out more about your characters is to draw them.
  • Put your characters in as many situations as you can think of, it will reveal a lot about their personality.
  • Figure out your character’s motivation(s).
  • Figure out their level of education, and where the come from to figure out how they would speak.
  • Try to come up with a back story, even if it is not mentioned in your writing. It helps create a character’s personality.
  • Who are they friends with?
  • What is their hobby?
  • What is their job, if they have one?
  • Are they involved in any clubs?
  • What is their most prized possession?
  • Do they have an enemy? Who?
  • If they could have a superpower, what would it be?
  • What else would you want to know about your character? ​


Felicia, the Neighbor Girl is a ten-year-old sixth grader, and hamster owner. She loves writing, reading, acting, singing, reading, gymnastics, doodling, reading, ice skating, painting, reading, doing computer stuff, oh… did we mention reading? Read more about Felicia HERE and at

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6 thoughts on “Building Character

  1. I like that list. I have one that I used to help me understand my two space miners better (I haven’t finished writing about them yet) – I wrote out for each of them the answers to questions like yours. The one that surprised me most was “What’s the secret they don’t want anyone to know, even their best buddy?” Other things: what do they most like wearing? What would they wear to a smart party? What does their voice sound like – do they have an accent?
    Great post, Neighbor Girl!

    • Accents can make or break a character. :) Thanks for stopping by, Jemima!
      – Felicia

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