• FEET – [PHENOTYPE] Wholly palpable details to draw on, like physical details and facts.
o What does this person look like?
o Where did they live?
o Where do they go to school?
o Do they have tattoos? Why?
o Who is their best friend?
o What is their occupation?
• GROIN – [WANT] The groin covers all of the things about the character that are born out of impulse and desire.
o What does this person want?
o How does their sexuality manifest itself?
o What about them is base and puerile? Greed? Approval? Esteem?
Gluttony? You can basically run toward their approach to the seven deadly sins.
• HEART [NEEDS] –The heart is essentially all the things they secretly need in their life to make them a better, more functional person.
o What does this person need?
o What will make them a more functional person?
o Do they need to find self-confidence?
o Do they need to find their humility?
o Do they need to provide for their family?
• THROAT – [VOICE] The throat is basically their posture, attempt and presentation, and affectation.
o How does this person sound?
o Not just the literal voice, but how does this person project themselves?
o How do they try to come off to other people?
o How do they actually come off to other people?
• LEFT CHEEK [LOGICAL CAPACITY] –Basically, the left cheek is their methodology, exposing the “left-brained” abilities.
o What is their intelligence?
o How does it manifest itself? What is their practicality?
o How do they solve problems?
• RIGHT CHEEK [ARTISTIC CAPACITY] –The right cheek is their ethics and soul and exposes their “right-brained” abilities
o What is their idealistic/artistic capacity?
o What is their un-practicality?
o What is their spirituality?
• CROWN [THE FULL PSYCHE] – Who is this character?
o Piece the body parts together to see how they work as actual psychology.
o What are their defining memories?
o What is their pathology? How will the behave? How would this person overcome things to behave a different way?
This is Film Crit Hulk’s Character Tree path to creating characters. And yes, it’s very involved, but you can’t fill out this form for a character and not come away with a better idea of who your character is. If you do this work, your story will certainly improve. (And no, I don’t mean this to be How to Write Week on this Tumblr; it’s just working out that way.)