Developing A Character. Created by: Mrs. Ross Influenced by several online searches . Getting To Know Your Character. A good author needs to know their character well enough to “speak” for them throughout the story
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Created by: Mrs. Ross
Influenced by several online searches
Think about their…
Knowing what you know about the character, could you predict what he or she might do in any given situations? Let’s share some examples with our group…
Can you name a character that you disliked in a story? What can you share about that character?
On your white board, keep track of things you learn about your character and we’ll share and compare at the end.
Who is your character? Let’s develop him/her and get to know them!
For now, just think and sketch… you will be given a character builder sheet soon to help you organize who they are
Readers love character driven stories. They want to care enough about a character to find out what happens to them. Do they get what they want in the end? Do they grow through the problem or conflict they face? Can people relate to your character. This is a very powerful thing to accomplish. So what does your character need?
Emotional needs: learn to love again, trust others…
Physical needs: find a lost family member, learn how to walk again…
We need to give our character their needs and wants before we start their story – the story you write will be an attempt to meet those goals.
Let’s create a class chart of emotional and physical needs that we might want to “borrow” for our story!
What do you want your reader to learn or take away from your story?
Let’s jot down as many ideas as we can think of in 5 minutes and then pick from the list we created!
External Conflict takes place outside of the body
Internal Conflict takes place inside of the body/mind
Man vs. Self
Some literary conflicts take the form of a character struggling to overcome fear, emotional damage or other crippling personal issue.
Man vs. Man
The most straightforward type of conflict pits the protagonist directly against another character with apparently opposing aims.
This type of conflict pits a story's main character or characters against a natural force such as a flood, predatory animal, or disease epidemic.
In many stories, the protagonist battles an unjust element of government or culture.
A good author reveals information about the character little by little as the story goes, or it would be boring. This technique is called Direct or Indirect Characterization.