Building His Basic Character
In the example above, you will see that I have created two branches. The first branch involves his full name. Names can signify a great deal about someone’s personality and self-esteem. Would Nathaniel have the same confident look if his mother had named him Myron or Sterling? Maybe. In this case, Nathaniel is his second name. His full name is Walter Nathaniel Javier Gutierrez.
Let’s move on to the second branch, which lists Nathaniel’s descriptors. I have listed the most basic information about his looks. In the photograph, it’s hard to tell how tall Nathaniel is. However, I can list his hair color, skin tone and eye color. I will have to guess at his height, weight and distinguishing marks.
The third branch of this basic outline involves Nathaniel’s personality. He looks pretty content in the photograph. But as you can tell in the outline, he has a dark side.
The image above shows more branches that I have added. When creating the basic outlines for your characters, you can include whatever you want. The most important branch to include in your character outline is his role in your story. The rest of the details won’t matter if you are not clear about how he is going to move your story in the direction that you want it to go.