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Creating Memorable Characters for your Children’s Stories
6/13/2012 7:06:44 AM    [ Flag as Inappropriate ]

Today we’re going to discuss characterization. What is that? It’s the art of creating a person for your story. You’ll need to describe your character’s personality traits and physical attributes so that your reader will relate well with him. The more completely you develop your characters, the more interesting your story will become. You’ll want to be as creative as you can so that your characters aren’t too ordinary, or boring.
What kind of main character should you create for your young readers? Be sure your protagonist is believable. Give him realistic flaws. Maybe he has a kind heart, but a quick temper. Maybe she’s painfully shy, but one of the smartest kids in the class. Children realize we all have strengths and weaknesses, so you should create your characters accordingly. Also, remember to describe them physically so that your readers can visualize them and connect with them. After you’ve described your characters, read through the story to ensure you have kept them true to the traits you’ve given them. Did you forget that Jessie was the fearless soccer player, but in your story, she’s afraid to try out for the team? Is Brandon, who hates public speaking, suddenly, leading the debate team competition? These scenarios would be workable, because the actions contradict the character’s traits.
Now, how important is a name? I have one suggestion on this subject. Keep in mind that names that were popular years ago, may not be on the top of the list today. For example, Marie and Tom were common names years ago. Today they’ve been replaced by names like Emma and Jacob. It’s easier for your young readers to connect with your characters if they have contemporary names.
In conclusion, try to keep these things in mind when writing your children’s story:
1. Use names that are popular today.
2. Create believable characters with strengths and weaknesses.
3. Develop your characters completely to make them interesting.
4. Be sure your characters actions fit the traits you’ve given them.
I hope that these suggestions help you to create wonderful characters for your stories. If you’d like to comment, I’d love to hear from you. Feel free to ask questions as well.

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More Blogs by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
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• Inteview with Award Winnng Author, Carla Burke - Wednesday, June 12, 2013
• Important Hints on Writing an Outstanding Query Letter - Sunday, April 28, 2013
• What is theme? Do you Need Ideas? - Monday, March 04, 2013
• Looking for the Key to Success? Here it is! - Friday, March 01, 2013
• Writing for Children? Will Someone Steal your Work? - Saturday, December 29, 2012
• Writing for Children? Adding Conflict - Monday, November 19, 2012
• Writing for Children? Be Sure your Character Grows - Monday, October 15, 2012
• Another Amazing Olympian, Hiroshi Hoketsu - Tuesday, July 31, 2012
• Interesting Happening from the Olympics - Monday, July 30, 2012
• Kieran Behan, A Winner Against All Odds - Sunday, July 29, 2012
• The Opening Ceremony - Saturday, July 28, 2012
• Go USA Olympians! - Friday, July 27, 2012
• Who Should Publish Your Story? - Thursday, July 26, 2012
• Five Important Truths About Rejection and Your Children’s Book - Wednesday, July 25, 2012
• A Look at the Inspiring life of Children's Author, Carla Burke - Tuesday, July 24, 2012
• Making your Characters Memorable - Monday, July 23, 2012
• Bored with Writing? What to do Next - Sunday, July 22, 2012
• We're bored, now what? - Saturday, July 21, 2012
• Where do you Find Ideas for Your Children's Stories ? - Friday, July 20, 2012
• Beginners Guide to Creating the Pefect Children's Story - Thursday, July 19, 2012
• What is conflict and why is it Important to your Story? - Wednesday, July 18, 2012
• Have you Ever Heard of Easton, CT? - Tuesday, July 17, 2012
• Conquering "Pikes Peak" - Monday, July 16, 2012
• Keys to Success in your Children's Story - Sunday, July 15, 2012
• Why Setting Goals is Important - Saturday, July 14, 2012
• Reaching Beyond Your Goals Through Therapeutic Riding - Friday, July 13, 2012
• Top Three Reasons why you Should Persevere - Thursday, July 12, 2012
• Random Things About Me - Wednesday, July 11, 2012
• Cody Jackson, Pint Sized Patriot - Tuesday, July 10, 2012
• A Shout Out to my Readers! - Monday, July 09, 2012
• Themes and Morals, What's the Difference? - Sunday, July 08, 2012
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• It's P. T. Barnum's Birthday-Let's celebrate! - Thursday, July 05, 2012
• Happy Birthday, USA - Tuesday, July 03, 2012
• Consistency-Why is it Important for Your Childrens' Story? - Friday, June 29, 2012
•  Creating Memorable Characters for your Children’s Stories - Wednesday, June 13, 2012  
• When your Ending Meets the Beginning of your Children's Stroy - Tuesday, February 07, 2012
• Why is Dialogue Important to your Children's Story? - Saturday, January 07, 2012
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