Discover Character

The following activities are designed to help you create interesting characters of your own.

"Characters are not people, but they are like people in being, finally, mysterious.""Characterisation is the process that transforms real-life people into characters in fiction."Kate Grenville

What Makes an Interesting Character?

Work in a group to explore what makes an interesting character.

Character Descriptions: (Files go here)
Link to Wordle – use this tool to create your visualisation.

Discussion Forum
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What makes an interesting character? guidars guidars 1 385 Sep 1, 2010 by guidars guidars

Journal Entry
  • Link / embed your visualisation in your Genre Writing Journal.
  • Name the Journal entry: What makes an interesting character?

Extension Activity

Journal Entry
  • After reading the descriptions, write a 200 word description on someone you know in your Genre Writing Journal.
  • Name the Journal entry: Character Extension Activity.

Individual Activity – Character Profile

Part A: Explore your CharacterUse OneNote or a program of their choice to create a character profile. Guidelines
  • Refer to the work you did in the What Makes an Interesting Character? Workshop
  • Use the Character Profile Template below.
  • Add your character profile to your Journal.
Part B: Share Once you have created your character profile, introduce your character to others in your group in a 200 word description.
Open the file below to see a larger sized Character Profile.CHARACTER_PROFILE01.jpgCHARACTER_PROFILE01.jpg

Get to Know your Character
Delve a little deeper into your character. Write a paragraph that describes how your character is feeling, e.g. embarrassed.
  • Try to use physical details which give the reader a clue about your character's personality, e.g. green eyes suggest jealousy or a fiery personality?
  • Use thee facts as the basis for questions – e.g. why does their hair look like that? Why are their trousers slightly short? Etc
  • Think of a strong emotion you have felt, e.g. fear, anger and write about it, then attach this to a character in your piece.
  • Capture the 'voice' of your character by writing their opinion of another character or an event.