Chart it up, Baby!

Yep, you guessed it.  I’m talking character charts here.  It’s such a simple concept, but one (I’m embarrassed to admit) that never occurred to me before.  But now I’m excited to try a few of these exercises:

  • write 100 declarative sentences about character
  • describe character’s bedroom or car
  • make a list of where character lives, birthday, job, family life, all that good stuff

This is going to revolutionize the way I write.  If you think I’m getting a little too excited about this, you’re probably right.  Still, I bet it will streamline the process for me, and I’ll take what help I can get.  Either way, I’ll keep you posted.

One last thing.  If you thought this article was going to be about chore charts or bar graphing, my sincerest apologies.  I thought you would’ve guessed it.


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3 thoughts on “Chart it up, Baby!

  1. I kinda thought it would be chore charts. But I can deal with change. 🙂

    I can’t wait to hear about these character charting exercises. I’ve never tried something as detailed as that, but I think it might save a lot of time in revisions/rewrites.

  2. I have forms I fill out for each character that includes everything from physical attributes to their favorite sayings, movies, best friends, etc. Got it from the Bobbie Christmas book Write in Style. At first I thought it would be a pain, but it turned out to be a lot of fun, and it really does help. I need to re-do the ones for Sam because she was originally 12, not 17!

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