Nevertheless, I push on, and slave over a hot keyboard hoping that one day my efforts to create will yield fruit. Among my writing tools are Bean and Scrivener. The former for quick and easy notes. The latter for full scale writing projects. What I’ve been testing this weekend is a different kind of writing tool.
It’s called Persona and what it does is help writers create and manage characters. Of all the writing I’ve done through the years, the most difficult to master is the creation and development of characters.
Think about it. Characters are difficult because they’re reflections of humans. They have personality trait, personal flaws, a background, jobs, and each interacts with others in different ways.
Persona consists of 16 male and 16 female archetypes, each of which can be developed into different characters which range from heroes and heroines to villains and everything in between.
Persona’s interface lays out the basic tools to get a character started, but you’re in control of complete character development.
For any writing project with multiple characters, Persona gives you quick development tools. Add a character by name, then archetype, style and type. Even add details for physical description.
There’s room for specific character notes, as well as a full-on description. Add hobbies, personality traits, and much more. The Personal archetype wheel makes it a straightforward process and helps to inspire more complex character development.
As good as Persona appears to be, it does two things that I struggle to adopt. The first is discipline. I’m required to think about characters first, rather than create them on the fly.
The second is a tendency after just a weekend of usage, to keep characters within the personality framework created by Persona, instead of letting a person develop. This kind of writing discipline will take some getting used to.