August 18, 2016

Characters' Rooms


When working on making characters, we cover a lot of things. Their looks, their personality, and more. But one of things that I think can give a lot of insight to a character is their bedroom.

Think about it. Our rooms are our haven. They reflect what we like the most. The things we like the best are out in the open, while the things we don't like as much are tucked away. I think a bedroom can help you know more about a character than a purse or pocket, other popular ways to gain insight to your character. Get out your paper and pencil (or virtual ones) and let's get started.

What To Do

I normally think about the space first. I'm the daughter of a builder, so that's probably why. I might draw a floor plan to help me figure out where the windows are and which way the doors open. You don't need to go that far, though. All you need is a general idea of the layout.

Then fill in the major furniture like the bed, dresser, closet, desk, shelves, and whatever else your character might have. Are they wood or metal and what type? What do they look like? Remember to think about what your character would have, based off their personality and station.

Next start thinking about colors. What is your character's favorite color? Is it prominent in their room? Is there paint or wallpaper on the walls? Do they have carpet on their floor or wood? Are there any rugs? Do they have a pattern on their wall?

Lastly, add in all those personal touches. Posters or pictures on the walls. Knickknacks on the dresser. Books or collectibles on the shelves. Covers on the bed. Whatever else your character might have in their room. Think hard about what it might look like and what they would have in there. Also consider if it's neat or messy or in between.

Can you see how that's a great exercise? It also might come into your story. You won't have to think about it because you already took the time to figure it out.

What do you think of writing about your character's room? What's your favorite way to learn about your character? Let me know in the comments.

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