Character Analysis: A Storytelling Workout.
Readers connect mentally and intellectually with a story by understanding with, relating to, or even feeling a sense of opposition to the characters. It is frequently through supportive characters that readers come to care about what occurs in a story.
Storytellers should comprehend what makes their characters tick. What inspires them? What do they desire or require? What obstacles are they facing? What options are they required to make? What are their successes and failures? What makes them intriguing? Why should readers care about them?
Todays storytelling workout is an excerpt from my book, Story Drills: Fiction Writing Exercises, which helps starting to intermediate writers develop abilities in the craft of fiction writing. This exercise checks out one of the most important components of any story: the characters.
Only through the act of studying and evaluating characters can we genuinely understand how they function within stories and how to finest utilize them to tell our stories.
Select a primary character from a story youve read recently (the very best characters for this workout will be intricate). Address the following concerns about the character youve picked:
What is the characters circumstance at the start of the story, and what alters it (inciting event)? How is the characters scenario various at the end of the story?
Describe the characters arc, keeping in mind significant milestones for the characters improvement.
What is the character grappling with internally throughout the story?
What dispute is the character dealing with, externally, throughout the story?
What are the characters principles (or lack thereof)? Virtues and vices? Weaknesses and strengths?
What options does the character make? What are the effects?
What mistakes does the character make? What obstacles do they experience? Where do they succeed?
What are the characters essential relationships within the story? Who guides the character?
How does the character change internally? Do the characters actions change the story world?
What concepts, messages, or lessons can be amassed from this character?
Use the questions above to examine one of the characters from a story youve written.
Do you agree with many writers and readers that characterization is the most crucial aspect of storytelling? If not, what is more vital, and why? How can studying characters from various stories assist you craft better characters for your stories?
Readers connect mentally and intellectually with a story by empathizing with, relating to, or even feeling a sense of opposition to the characters. It is typically through considerate characters that readers come to care about what occurs in a story.
Writers must understand what makes their characters tick. What are the characters crucial relationships within the story? How can studying characters from various stories help you craft much better characters for your stories?