1. Use lists. Fill in the blanks
- position/ job
- in wallet/purse….
- brief physical description
- Get a name and jump in. Start to write about the character and discover her or him as you write.
Bob Blank opened the front door and____________
- Use poetry and music to come up with a character. Find all the words that you can associate with a character. Listen to your favorite song and think of the character that comes to mind.
- Use real life. Sketch a person and give her a different name than her real name. Or use a combination of people.
Bob Blank is just like a relative of mine, my________________
- Use description. Create a picture in your mind
Here’s what Bob Blank looks like _________________
- Use a combination of methods and decide that one key thing that says the character.
This is the defining characteristic of Bob Blank. If I could only say one thing about Bob Blank, this is what I would say and you would know Bob Blank fully.
- If you’re an artistic person, draw a picture of your character. If you’re not an artistic person, do it anyway
- Pull out a character from your own past, perhaps a family member.
Bob Blank reminds me of a family member or Bob Blank reminds me of a characteristic of myself
- Create characters from dramatic needs in your story, such as an evil antagonist.
In my story of Bob Blank, there needs to be a
- Threshold Guardian
This character is needed for dramatic reasons, to deepen the story, to make it interesting. Like the old saying “When the story gets boring, bring in a man with a gun.”
- Create characters from psychological needs in your story, e.g. a jokester to lighten the mood.
Considering my audience’s reaction to the story of Bob Blank, their psychological needs, I should develop a
- Threshold Guardian
- 1. conflict with environment
- 2. by action
- 3. by self discovery
- 4. by tags
- 5. by motivated action (he did that to annoy her)
- 6. emphasize dominant characteristic
- 7. use opposites, contrast
- 8. Names – what name says the character
- 9. conflict in story
- 10. moment of truth
- 11. confession
- 12. give person chance to make a choice 13. reveal by exposition
- 14. description
- 15. narration
- 16. by action
- 17. by character’s feeling about himself
- 18. attitude of others toward character
- 19. thru environment of story–“he enthroned himself in a chair,”
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