M. Kate Quinn - MK's Writer Tool Box
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Writer's Tool Box
Character Profile
The Basics
 
Character Name:
 
Maiden Name (if applicable):
 
Where he/she grew up:
 
Current place of residence:
 
Type of dwelling:
 
Marital Status:
 
Education:
 
Ethnicity:
 
Birthdate:
 
Education:
 
Parents' Names:
 
Parents living or deceased?
 
Sisters/Brothers (Names, Ages):
 
Close Friends:
 
Occupation:
 
Hair color, style:
 
Eye color:  (Wear glasses?)
 
Distinctive marks? (i.e. moles, scars, etc.)
 
Infirmities:
 
Pets?
 
Hobbies/Passtimes:
 
Height/Body Type:
 
Skills:
 
Another other distinctions:
 
 
Personality Traits/Qualities/Emotional History
 
First Kiss/Date/Partner:
(Circumstance)
 
Greatest fear:
 
What makes him/her angry:
 
Ambition:
 
Greatest joys:
 
Routines/Quirks/Idiosynchrasies:
 
Desires:
 
Goals:
 
Personal Obstacles:
 
Secret longings:
 
Friendship history:
 
Frustrations:
 
Print page and create profile for hero/heroine and other main characters.
 
Happy Writing!
 
 
 
 Does writing the synopsis make you cringe?  Take a breath...Here are the basics:

 
 Synopsis - The Bones of The Beast:

·        Contact information upper left top of first page
·        Genre, length and word count on top right
·        Do not number the first page
·        Insert a header for subsequent pages:  “Synopsis/Name/TITLE
·        Center title in all caps
·        Begin synopsis text 4 lines below title
·        Use all caps the first time a character is introduced
·        Double space all text
·        Establish a good hook
·        Introduce key characters and set up of conflict
·        Justify left margin only and one inch margins
·        Make it a short and exciting read
·        Don’t go into detail about what happens just tell the reader what happens as concisely as possible.
·        Use third person, present tense even if your novel is written in a different point of view
·        Keep events in the same order as in the novel.
·        You must tell the ending in your synopsis.