The character’s home is often the main setting of the Ordinary World, and the environment in which the reader first encounters them. The people the character lives with at the beginning of the story not only help shape the character, they also help create the Stasis (beginning) state and the Resolution (end) state that define the character’s development arc, and also set the story in motion.
This worksheet offers a very simple formula to help you decide how your character will meet your audience. Imagine you, your character, and your reader are attending a party together. How would you introduce your character? What would you want the reader to know, and how could you communicate this information for best effect?
If you’re writing a long story or a novel, a character log is a simple solution to help you track details about your characters that you might find difficult to remember and keep consistent. You’ll also find it indispensable when you come to edit!