When do you Create Character Profiles?
On Twitter I asked advice about what to do about minor, inconsistent characters.
A Twitter friend said I should write down everything I know about them and that can become a reference. That sounds like a character profile to me.
I haven’t created character profiles for the WiP yet. I could have, especially for the main character and the secondary characters I knew about. But I wanted to get on with it, you know? I didn’t want to stop and fiddle with an excel file or a word file for the characters. Instead, if I forget the eye color or something, I go back and look it up.
I need to create character profiles now. I’ll probably wait until the WiP is done or create it now. I haven’t made up my mind. I do know I’ll be using OneNote app on my tablet. I want to try it out and it seems perfect for this. Better than either excel or word.
Is doing it this way a bit weird? At least this way I’ll have a list of all characters that need a profile.
And I’ll know what kind of things I keep looking up: physical characteristics, descriptions of surroundings and stuff like that.
Also, the more nebulous, personal stuff that I know is changing right now from appearance to appearance for minor characters, the stuff that makes a character a character, and that stuff that needs to especially consistent. (Unless something happens to a character that makes them change, things that don’t usually happen to minor characters.)
It feels a little backward, to create them at the end of a novel instead of the beginning. Who else creates character profiles at the tail end of a WiP?