What words describe who you are?
I am optimistic, practical, critical, intuitive, empathetic, imaginative…
Our personalities are made up of characteristics that will consistently come up in the things we say and do. They make us into the unique individuals we are.
The same can be said for characters in a story.
I made lists of the 10 major characteristics my characters have as a reminder of who they are while I am writing how they interact with themselves and the world around them.
For example, Carine is very expressive so if something was bothering her she would naturally start to talk about it in a conversation. In contrast, Theodore is very reserved so he would likely bite his tongue in a similar situation.
Sometimes I have troubles while I am writing because I am not sure how a character would respond to the situation they are in or what they would say to someone. Clarifying their characteristics will help me keep everyone consistent and believable.