Character & Characterization



One of the most important things in a story is the characters and their characterization. If you’re a writer that is constantly new stories, it can be tricky to come up with the right characters to go along with it. This includes their names, personalities, physical traits, occupation, and so on.

One fun way to avoid the headache of doing this with many characters is a character and characterization activity that I did in my spring semester Creative Writing class. All you need to do is establish which basic character traits you want. I recommend starting with a name, age, one single personality trait, and a hobby.

Once you have these core four essentials, it will be much easier to build up the character. For this exercise, we used plastic cups to place the various character traits in, but you can use whatever you have on hand like a sandwich bag, hat, or even just putting them in different piles.

After you’ve finished with the exercise, try writing a short story with the character/s. This is a fun way to practice developing the character and get your creative juices flowing.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Stay tuned during the first week of each month for a new post.

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