Developing a character

Nothing is true of every character. No one approach will help your pupils to create every character. This section looks at a few different ways to think about character.

To learn about developing character, your pupils could work with fully formed characters from television, film or books they have read. By exploring what they know about these characters, they can begin to understand what they need to know about their own creations to make them convincing. To begin take a look at this short animation about creating a character:

[Character animation]

Key questions 

Following on from the planning activities in Section 1: Inspiring writing, you might use these key questions to encourage pupils to think about character:

  • Who are you writing about?
  • What are they like?
  • What kind of person are they?
  • Why are they there?
  • What are they doing?
  • What do they want more than anything?
  • What can you do to stop them from getting it?