It’s time for another blog post about…
Character Development using Zodiac Traits.
It’s my favorite writing tool…to create living, breathing characters that jump off the page and it helps me know my characters…so much better. After giving my characters a name and finding images of what my characters look like (not necessarily in that order all the time.) I give them a birthday.
Then I start searching for Zodiac Traits.
This one is special…my Dad was born in July, which makes him Cancer the Crab, but he was never crabby. He was very silly, funny and the life of every party.
Pinterest is a great place to get information on Zodiac Traits. Check out my board…
Writing Tips: CANCER Character Development – Zodiac Traits
I start with negative and positive keywords for each Zodiac sign.
These negative keywords are very helpful for character development. Especially for developing your antagonist or a character that’s not so nice. You can use several of these negative keywords or all of them, sprinkled with a few positive keywords to create a living, breathing antagonist. People are complex, no one is all bad or all good. Creating an antagonist that has some good qualities makes them scarier…in my opinion.
Characters need layers, depth…that’s what makes them real.
These positive keywords are very helpful in developing your protagonist, side kicks and mentors, sprinkled with a few negative keywords and you have a living, breathing character with flaws. Someone people can relate to.
Then I dig deeper with this book “The Power of Birthdays, Stars & Numbers – The Complete Personology Reference Guide by Saffi Crawford and Geraldine Sullivan.”
I love this book!
It has information, on every single birthday.
Hope this helps you with your Character Development.
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