- Character Emotional Development Plot
- Dramatic Action Plot
- Thematic Significance Plot
Today we start with Character Emotional Development.
Step one is to actually get your characters formed. Use this character worksheet by Adventures in Children's Publishing to guide you:
For more in depth info on the worksheet read these posts:
Once that is done, think about how you see each character changing through the novel.
These are the questions I asked myself when planning my character arcs:
- Who is my character at the onset of the story?
- How do I see her changed by the end?
Two simple questions that aren't really simple at all. We have to take into account a character's history, back story, morals, beliefs, fears, flaws, etc. It's a pretty hefty task. But once you can answer those two questions, you can see the path of each character much clearer.
- Use this brilliant worksheet by Connie Flynn to plan out your character arc and scenes that show change.
We all like to see characters evolve. The progression in which that happens is crucial. Remember that it has to be natural.
- Read this great post on Character Arc by Learn the Elements of a Novel
Little by little our characters are altered by the events of the story we create. The degree of change is different for every character. Sometimes it's a subtle change, and sometimes a character is the exact opposite of the person they were when they started their journey. The important thing is that the reader sees it, that we weave it into the novel.
Other suggested reading:
Character Emotional Development Plotline by Martha Alderson via Blockbuster Plots
Happy Writing!! XOXO