Writing for the 21st Century
Creating a Main Character for a Children’s Story
After you have examined some of the children’s book samples, you should begin constructing your own. The first step in doing this is to create a main character. Remember, your goal is to write an illustrated children's story in which you construct a story that shows how a person or persons is negatively affected by your cause topic. Your main character should be directly affected or he or she may befriend someone who is directly affected by the issue. Your story should teach the reader about this character's complicated situation. By seeing a victim of a problem and empathizing with him or her, we should learn about the difficulties. Therefore, the book is educational as well as motivational.
On a separate sheet of paper (typed or handwritten), please answer the following questions. The more you are able to include now will help you in the long run as you write your story.
- What will your book’s general topic (or cause) be about?
- What is the name of your main character(s)? [You may have more than one significant character.]
- What is the age of your character(s)?
- Where is your character(s) from?
- What is the gender of your character(s)?
- What is the race or ethnic background of your character(s)?
- What is the socioeconomic status of your character(s)?
- Describe this character’s personality.
- Write a brief history of this character’s past: what has he or she experienced?
- Is this character directly affected by the problem your cause covers? If yes, please explain how. If no, go to next question,
- If this character is not directly affected, how is he/she involved with a character who is? (Describe the friendship/relationship)
- What is the problem this character(s) faces? In other words, what is his/her obstacle? What does he/she want?
- Will your character(s) achieve in getting what he/she wants?
- What theme do you want to impact on your readers?
- What will the moral of the story be?