Characters Think and Feel

07 Jul

Okay, so actions give us the basic understanding of personality, but if we really want to get to know our character, we also have to know how they think and feel about these actions. Here is where your characters potential lies and how they will ultimately decide what is right and what is wrong.

Now here is the twist – our characters may think rationally but may find themselves behaving irrationally because of how they feel. Just like us, our characters think with their heads but can often feel with their hearts. This means that within your story, your character can experience the whole spectrum of emotions including love, hate, anger, jealousy, guilt, embarrassment, or fear. These feelings themselves can be expressed in their actions (overtly) or kept secret (thinking in their heads so only the reader knows).

Ah what a tangled web we weave in character development – there are so many options. Are you feeling like Frankenstein yet? Because this is what it is about – creating characters by putting all the bits and pieces together and hoping that creative spark brings them to life!

Now here is where that journal comes into action – a writing/illustrating exercise.

Your character is trapped inside the witch house on a dark, stormy night. They will have to spend the night on their own.

Writers: write a short paragraph on how they feel and what is going on in their head.

Illustrators: draw how your character is thinking and feeling. Try capturing the right emotion through facial expression and physical expression.

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Posted by on July 7, 2010 in Characters Feel


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