Character-Workshop Lesson 5

Carol Henry
 

IT’S ALL ABOUT CHARACTER—Beyond the Basics© Lesson 5

By Carol Henry

 

LESSON 5: Character’s background—education and personal/private life.

 

In this lesson we’re going to delve into your character’s teenage years to young adult.

 

EDUCATION:

•           Where did your character go to high school?

•           What extracurricular activities did they participate in—sports, band, chorus, etc.?

•           Did they win awards?

•           What high school friends/enemies did they interact with?

•           Did your hero/heroine meet in high school? And how does this impact on your story?

•           Did your character go to college? If so, where?

•           What collegiate extracurricular activities did they participate in—sports, band, chorus, etc.? Did they win awards?

•           What college friends/enemies did they interact with?

•           Did your hero/heroine meet in college? And how does this impact your story?

•           Did he/she do graduate work? Earn a MS or PhD?

•           Was your character a work-study student? Worked his/her way through college? Or get a free ride (scholarship)?

•           Did he/she receive any other kind of job/career training in addition to or other than college?

•           Perhaps your character attended a training school, or was self-taught?

 

PERSONAL/PRIVATE LIFE--CURRENT:

•           Where does your character currently live (city, town, country) in a house, an apartment, co-op, or a condo?

•           What state, city, town and section of the community does he/she live?

•           Describe the community—is it a small cozy neighborhood, or a hive of activity and diversity.

•           How does your character react to his/her surroundings?

•           Is he/she there by choice? Job? Family?

•           Where would he/she rather live?

•           Does your character have hobbies? Interests? (does he/she like to listen to music, hike, skydive, paint, write, etc.

•           Is your character an animal lover, an outdoorsman/woman, traveler, historian, etc.?

•           What causes do you characters champion?

 

Tip of the Day: We are starting to see ways in which your character’s Internal Conflicts are forming that may cause stumbling blocks that hold your character back from achieving his/her goal. Identifying these now will give you an idea of what ‘motivates’ your character to act and react the way he/she does.

 

HOMEWORK—LESSON 5: In working with your character’s education and personal/private life criteria listed above, delve into your characters’ life as they’ve gone through the transition of teenager to adulthood. What might have happened that still resonates with him/her and makes them react the way they do to situations they might run into during the course of their story. We’re continuing to build a stronger character who can withstand (or not) whatever comes his/her way in your story. So, using the suggestions above, create your character’s educational and growing years, and what makes him/her into the wonderful (or not so nice) person they are becoming today. Feel free to share when you’re ready.

 

Note: Lesson 6 will focus on your character’s career, if they have one, (as defined by the era in which they are living) and how it might play into your story line.

 

Carol Henry

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