I know some authors like to create page upon page of character bios, and that’s fine — although it’s never worked for me. I like to start with the basics, a fictional character’s name, his age, his profession, and his primary attribute.
Let’s say that we’re writing a cozy mystery, and we want to create a quirky sleuth. Without bending our brain, we decide on:
- Name: Mara Mason, age 26
- Profession: widow, who works from home, as a visual assistant;
- Primary attribute: intense curiosity.