S10E2 – Using D&D to Create a Story Character

Characters are the base of any story. Without well-developed characters, the plot will always fall flat. This series is dedicated to creating realistic, believable, and deep characters. It means getting to know them on a personal level. It takes developing more than their powers or strengths, but their flaws. It’s not easy but it is possible, even for those pantsers.

There are people across the world who, every day, create characters. They aren’t writing novels or short stories. They are playing Dungeons and Dragons, the tabletop role-playing game. Many things about creating a character can be carried over from D&D into a work of fiction. Players know what weapons their characters can and can’t use well, what special abilities they have, their flaws and strengths. These are all things a writer should know about their character. Leigh and Ley break down a character sheet and explain how authors can use it to help create well-developed characters for their stories.

To follow along with the descriptions in the podcast, we’ve attached a character sheet below.

First aired May 7, 2020.

Dungeons and Dragons Character Sheet
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I'm an editor and cover designer for AspenHouse Publishing. I am also a host for AspenHouse's poscast, Writing Roots.

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