Revision School of Pain

Step Three: Thinkin' Deep Thoughts about your Main Character

Creating a compelling main character is hard to do. I really love K.M. Weiland’s CREATING CHARACTER ARCS, both the book and the amazing series of (free) blog posts she has on her website, to help me create well rounded characters who experience satisfying change through the story. Here’s a nifty chart to help you think through the big foundational aspects of a character—who they are at the beginning, the lie they believe that’s the source of their problems, what they (think they) want, and of course, what they (actually) need. This chart is just for Act I character thoughts—perhaps I’ll do the other two if you all like it. Enjoy! The free google doc of this chart is available here:

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