Create An Amazing Character
This is from a workshop I presented to children but actually applies to anyone wanting to create an interesting character in a story.
There are many things you have to consider, when creating character. For instance, when I created Rose in my Erie Canal Cousins Series, I had to write down many things about her before I actually wrote the story. The more you put down on paper about the character, the more real he/she/or it will appear in your story.
You can start with a picture of your character, either you can draw one, or just write a detailed description of him/her/it. I actually drew Rose after I figured out all the information about her.
I started with her name: Rose Stewart. Since my story took place in 1840, I had to think of an old fashioned name…Rose, and… Stewart was an old last name in my husband’s family.
Then I had to choose her age.
I started out thinking it would be 12 but changed it to 13 later.
Describe her/his looks
tall big boned coal black hair fair skin blue eyes strong 5’4”tall
shy introvert fearful curious logical sensitive joiner likes solitude helpful blushes easily
Interests: Reading, writing, history, loves school &learning, reads well, morning person, likes to cook, lady-like
Family: Father—John Stewart, Mother—Darcy Finnegan Stewart, Married in 1825 Siblings: Cassie Stewart age 11 Robert Stewart age 9 Caleb Stewart age 4 (Big families at that time)
After I figured all that our, then I could begin the story.
Bridget her cousin is exactly her opposite.
Small, red hair in braids, thin, green eyes, aggressive, jealous, extrovert, wants own way, risk taker, irritates others, optimist, hates cooking, leader, tomboy. Lives on the boat with her family
Poor reader due to little schooling
—winter only, some on the boat
Bold body language
To make a character interesting add something special to her/his biography.
To make Bridget interesting I added that she is a checker champ. With Rose, her unusual fears are her big thing.
I hope this will be helpful to those interested in developing a character(s).