How to Write an Interesting Dungeons and Dragons Character

Create a background that your DM will actually read and use in your next game.

Cat Webling

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Illustration. A young red Tiefling brandashes a wooden sword at two Human children from atop a barrel in a shipyard.
Maybe your character has dreamed of adventures since they were a child. Who knows? Maybe they’re still a child. Via Wizards of the Coast.

Are you gearing up to make a new D&D character, but scared that they won’t be interesting enough? Are you having trouble telling a good background story for an awesome character concept? Have you written a massive backstory only to have the DM ask you to lighten up? I feel that.

Creating a character is super fun, but has the challenge of making it worth investing in for everyone at the table. Here are a few tips for creating an interesting, multidimensional character that you and your DM can really sink your teeth into — metaphorically, I hope.

Start the Hero’s Journey

The Hero’s Journey is the quintessential archetype of fiction; it’s the most basic story structure to follow to give a compelling, interesting, and in-depth evaluation of characters.

The Hero’s Journey is a story in three acts.

  • In the first act…

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Cat Webling

Hello! I’m Cat, a writer and editor based out of Kansas. I write about literature, theater, gaming, and freelancing. Personal work: catwebling.com.