Character writing activities
Create a character sketch of someone who suffers from a severe food allergy. The other is his biggest fan who never wants him to leave.
If you go to the authorities with the information, there's a good chance the money will be returned to the bank, leaving a lot of kids in need.
Some people prefer to start their stories by thinking up an event, or an incident, which they then develop as a story — adding their characters later. What parts of the character reflect reality? If you tackle these creative writing prompts, come back and tell us how they worked for you. Students quickly get into their roles because they find it hilarious to have for instance a pessimistic big bad wolf meet an obnoxious little pig and his shy brother. The five people die. Once you begin to generate story ideas you can swap them around trying different ideas on different characters. I typed the list out so my students could put it in their reading binders. Create a character sketch of someone who is struggling to make a big decision. Not for you — for your character! Ask yourself what made your favorite characters so compelling. Personality How does your character feel on the inside? Create a character based on a secret about someone you know and write a scene. What does your character want more than anything else in the world? If you have some writing experience it can be interesting to think about the way you write. Create a character sketch of someone who is a professional surfer.
Create a character sketch of someone who is anxious when they meet new people. Your main character has invited you to lunch.
This might be part of your book or story; it might not.
Students read their script using the character trait they have selected. This could create a story that takes a character on a life-changing journey — from the top to the bottom and maybe back to the top again, or maybe not?
In my classroom, it's always at this point, when students can add some personality to their characters, that their writing really begins to take off.
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