These characterization worksheets were developed by #1 bestselling Romance author, Adrienne deWolfe, to help writers create complex and compelling characters that readers remember long after the story ends.
Included in this package:
4 Templates + 1 Bonus
• Create a Colorful Romance Hero (25 pages) • Create a Colorful Romance Heroine (33 pages) • Create a Colorful Romance Villain (26 pages) • Create a Colorful Romance Sidekick (23 pages) • Bonus Template: Create a Colorful Cast of Extras (6 pages)
Peek Inside the Romance Worksheets:
Section #1: First Impressions
In this section, writers are encouraged to practice stream-of-consciousness writing to stretch their imaginations and increase the speed at which they normally compose. The writer is instructed to imagine that she is an Interviewer who has been invited into the character's home, place of business, or other sanctuary. In the process of asking the character questions, the writer will explore her first impressions of that character's living quarters/office and how it is decorated. The questions also focus upon the character's physical appearance, fashion sense, communication style, and mannerisms.
Section #2: Core Values and Personal Habits
The writer explores the character's upbringing, including the influence of family, his / her relationship to a Divine Power, and socioeconomic values.
Assuming that happiness is an attitude, what belief would you have to change, right now, to be happy?
Do you feel stronger when you're taking charge, or when you're nurturing others?
Section #3: Secrets and Forbidden Desires
The most important component of characterization in a Romance novel revolves around the internal value conflicts that make the Hero/Heroine afraid to fall in love. In this section, the writer explores the character's secret self, including emotional wounds that never fully healed. Special emphasis is placed upon the character's comfort level pertaining to trust, loyalty, and intimacy.
Name a time when someone destroyed your trust. How did that incident affect your perception of romance and the opposite sex?
Are you comfortable with physical intimacy, or are you burdened by guilt or shame when you experience lust?
Section #4: Love and Romance
This section delves deeply into the character's opinions, hopes, and fears about love, including the reasons behind any failed relationships, and the conflicts that the Hero/Heroine must overcome to experience a happy ending.
Have you "settled" in love before? Describe the pros and cons of your choice.
If you could only choose one answer, what would be more important in your relationship: explosive sexual chemistry, financial security, or deep emotional intimacy? Why?
Section #5: Coping with Awkward Situations
It has been said that the true test of character is how one behaves under stress (or temptation). The same is true for your fiction folks. This section is designed to help the writer explore the characters "at their worst," facing situations which might be hurtful, embarrassing, or otherwise alien to their natures.
The character is compelled to give a speech before an audience of 500 people, when the audio equipment goes dead.
The character is abandoned at a glitzy gala ball where he has no acquaintances and no recourse but to remain until midnight.
Section #6: Planning Chapter 1
This pivotal section helps the writer plan how the book opens, how the Hero and Heroine meet, and the initial conflicts that arise between them.
It has been said that life happens when you're making other plans. How did meeting the Hero/Heroine for the first time sidetrack your plans?
Aside from a strong physical attraction, what did you notice first about the Hero/Heroine?
Section #7: Important Family Relationships
This chart helps the writer delve more deeply into influential relationships with parents, siblings, and extended family. The writer is instructed to determine how family has contributed to the beliefs of the Hero, Heroine, Villain, and Sidekicks, especially regarding love, sexuality, marriage, and the opposite gender.