Create a Character File: Part 1

I have a special Top Secret Character File all about me. I made this file because it helps me know myself as a 3-D character. You see, I wrote two picture books and a magazine article and in all of these, yours truly is the main character. It’s the cat’s meow!

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I like to make these special Character Files for each of my main characters and sometimes even my minor characters. It helps me get to know my characters better, remember their unique traits, organize my notes and brainstorm for new ideas. Plus, it’s just a lot of fun!

Here’s how you can make your very own Character Files. You’ll be amazed at how your writing will improve if you do.

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Step 1: Staple 2 file folders together. Label the first one with your character’s name. Label the second one “Notes.” Decorate the front of the folder for added fun.

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Step 2: Inside the first folder, at the top left, tape or glue a picture of your main character. Take a photo of a model or find a picture on the Internet or in a magazine that depicts your character as you see him. Taking the time to do this is so-o-o important because it really, really connects you with your character and brings him to life.