Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Writing Lessons: Character Chart

This is the character chart I use. Click on the picture to get a better view. I'll explain it in the next post. Anyone who's familiar with Goal, Motivation, and Conflict will already understand a large portion of this.


Cynnara Tregarth said...

Believe it or not, I've used a more complicated system that does the same thing. LMAO I'm going to have to streamline things. LOLOL

I love this so far, Lena. You're doing fantastic in not just giving the info, but showing how it works. That means a lot when you're first starting out and when you're trying to get back in the saddle again.

Lena Austin said...

Thanks, Cynnara. I'm all about streamlining at this point. Complicated systems often end up just bogging me down in useless minutiae.

The only thing I wish I'd added as a standard question was: Does the PC have a pet? Pets can define the character and add depth. Not to mention the occasional humor.

Jeanne said...

Stopped on by. I used to scoff at writers who outlined their stories and kept copious files on characters, settings, etc.
I was a pantser through and through.
And then I found out that if I wanted to get a story accepted, I had to be able to present what happened in a cogent manner.
I like the charts - simple and easy to work with

Lena Austin said...

(Lena mimes firing an arrow) Dead in the black, Jeanne. By having a coherent plan to present to an editor, you get accepted faster. Plans are always subject to change, but as long as you stick to the main idea there's rarely a problem.

A plot plan, no matter how simple, is often the basis of the Dreaded Synopsis. I'll go more into this after the section on plotting.

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