Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wizardry Writing Wednesdays #4- Stories Need Characters

Good day, good day young scribes! Wizard Lexiconi here with another lesson on making stories come alive. Now that we have discussed how to find story ideas and what genre they might fit in, lets get to the first very important aspect of every good book: The Character.

There are three very important characters you need to make a story flow. 

First is the Hero, also know as the protagonist. This is the star of your story. The main character can be animal, vegetable, person, or thing. Generally, this character is on a journey of some sort, or is after some one or thing. They must have something they want more than anything in the world!

Second is the Villain, otherwise known as the antagonist. This dastardly dude is there to fight your character all the way. Though, not all villains are prominent throughout the story. Some bad guys aren't even people, but rather any kind of opposition that stands in the way of your character getting what they want.

Of course, third is your supporting character, that lovable side-kick. Both the hero and villain are known to have them. This person or thing helps your characters along in achieving their goal.

Ok, so here is what Lexiconi wishes you to do...

Think about your story idea and begin putting characters in. While creating your characters, answer these questions in your writing journal:

1. What is the characters name? (Be it the hero, villain or side-kick)
2. How old are they?
3. What are they? Person, thing, animal...
4. What do they look like? Write a brief description of their features.
5. What is this character's strength and weakness? You need to know both.
6. Where do they live? Do they like it there?

Next week, come back and we will talk about motivating your characters.
Until next week, 
Let your imagination weave some wacky tales. 
Wiz. Lexiconi, Sr. Mage 1st class: Fabulist extraordinaire

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