How to quickly flesh out characters without making them walking quirkboxes!
Not every writer has time or desires to fastidiously develop fictional characters. Some writers seek efficiency. The benefit of crafting characters who’re able to hit the page running is so the writer can finish stories faster and more likely achieve Pulp Speed!
Here is a 5-point approach to character development without depending on histories/backgrounds, plug-and-play stat sheets of traits/quirks, character interviews, or similar.
This is for high-speed writing, not intended to suit every need or unreal/surreal characters.
- Characters exist Independent of their Setting:
- Characters are Real:
Real Characters have Emotions:
(credit: image by carlosvelasquezart. Robert Turner's 1948 Pulp Fiction pamphlet.)