We have been preparing for NanoWriMo this week in our homeschool. The official launch date of the program is November 1. Today we discussed the importance of characters and how to get to know them better.
When you are writing a novel, you need to know your characters better than anyone else. You need to get into their heads and learn things about them that may never actually be put into your novel. You have to understand their motivations. This can be done in many different ways. But for our purposes, we decided to follow the suggestion of the program lessons and make up character sheets for each of our characters.
The character sheet contains many different questions about your characters to help you get to know them. Each character should have their own sheet. You will need to have one for your protagonist, supporting characters and then your antagonist. I have included a sample of a character sheet at the bottom of this post that you are free to download and use in your own homeschools.
My son had a really good time writing the information about his characters down on his sheet. We used a different sheet for each character. He learned a lot about each of them and is eager to begin his story. But we are not ready yet. Tomorrow we will discuss plot. These lessons are teaching him how to write his story. He is excited to realize that this is something that he can do and that he will be able to apply the things that he has learned. He is already talking about doing it again and we haven’t even begun the writing. For someone who was becoming a reluctant writer, I am thrilled that his creativity is being rekindled.