Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Wizardry Writing Wednesdays # 7 - Character Arcs and Charts

Wizard Lexiconi here with some places you can seek for aid in developing your story characters.
Some writers simply see a character and begin writing the story about them. They are called Seat of the Pants writers who enjoy learning about the character as they go along. These people write for discovery.

Then you have your plotters. They need to know beforehand as much detail as possible before they can begin the writing process.

There are many ways to go about creating your story. It's up to you and your distinct personality on what will work for you.

Here are some places you can find help when creating your characters:

The Hero's Journey at Read, Write, Think

The hero's journey is an ancient story pattern that can be found in texts from thousands of years ago or in newly released Hollywood blockbusters. This interactive tool will provide students with background on the hero's journey and give them a chance to explore several of the journey's key elements. Students can use the tool to record examples from a hero's journey they have read or viewed or to plan out a hero's journey of their own.

Over at Enchanted Learning, you can find several graphic organizers to print. 
Graphic organizers can be useful in analyzing the personality traits of fictional characters (like sad, happy, talkative, quiet, smart, silly, lazy, hard-working, optimistic, pessimistic, confused, scared, brave, strong, weak, loyal, friendly, down-to-earth, snobbish, honest, emotional, etc.).

For beginning writers, learning what a character trait is the start of helping them to understand why characters are important to their story. 
Here's a PDF page to print and use on Character Traits.
And one more from Teacher Vision on getting to the gist of your story with the 5W and an H. 

Well, my young scribes, this should help those of you who need a visual means of creating characters. I hope you'll find something that works for you. Feel free to try different methods until you find one that fits what is comfortable for you.

Let your imagination weave some wacky tales. 
Wiz. Lexiconi, Sr. Mage 1st class: Fabulist extraordinaire


Lisa Buffaloe said...

Love the post! Forwarded to Fliterary's Facebook page. :D

Jackie Castle said...

Thanks Lisa. Wizard Lexiconi has been a fun teacher. lol. But if you don't watch that passive voice or run-on sentences, he's been known to turn a scribe into a toad. ;)