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Thursday, 15 September 2011

Create a Character Help-sheet

CREATE A CHARACTER
  • In a short story, there are only 2 or 3 characters the most.
  • Introduce your main character in the opening of your story.
  • Characters through their dialogue, moves the story forward and so gives an insight into their personalities.
  • Write a sympathetic character that the reader will identify with and then give that character problems to sort and so your story begins.
  • Naming your character, put thought into it. Only have 1 unusual or exotic name in your story. Make sure the names you choose suit the era of the story (make sure its in existence)
  • When thinking about the characters in your story, it helps to make a CV or use a notice-board to pin up any ideas/images you may have.
CHARACTER'S CV
A character’s CV is a list of their features, likes, dislikes family status etc.
  • Eye colour, Hair, Height, Weight, Age.
  • Temperament
  • Date of birth
  • Moral/ethical/religious beliefs
  • Political stance
  • Hobbies/Interests
  • Habits good or bad, (biting nails,)
  • Quirks or eccentricities
  • Likes/Dislikes
  • Fears/Phobias
  • Short or long term goals
  • Hope and dreams
IDEAS FOR CHARACTER'S/QUESTIONS TO ASK
  • Look at people around you, what are they wearing? How do they behave?
  • Look in magazines, cut out photos that look like your character to be
  • Where does your character come from?
  • Where do they belong?
  • What is his/her family relationship like? With friends? With work colleagues?
  • What does he/she work at?
  • Where did they go to school/university?

3 comments:

  1. definately a list i will keep. thank you !

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  2. Thank you for the comments, I hope to post some more tips shortly.

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