Bakers Dozen: Creative Writing Workbook (Chapter 3, page 2 of 4)


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Chapter 3

F. Flat characters- these are usually minor characters within a work. They usually show only one side to their personalities. (Mainly one character trait.)

G. Stock characters/stereotypes- these kinds of characters are not real at all. They are what we call types and they are used frequently in stories that are not considered literary. As a result, they are instantly recognized and not very interesting anymore.

Examples of stock characters are the greedy land lord, the brave sheriff, the "ditsy" blonde, the greedy old man, and the mysterious hermit.

Different words are used to describe what happens to a character within a story.

H. Dynamic character-a character who changes in the story (for better or worse.)

I. Static character-a character who does not change.

J. Motivation-what a character wants to accomplish within the story.

II. Practice: 1. Tell what the protagonist and the antagonist are for your favorite book, your favorite song, your favorite movie, your favorite television show, and your favorite video game.

2. Write a descriptive paragraph about a real or imaginary character. Use direct characterization to tell what that character is thinking or feeling.

3. Write a descriptive paragraph about a real or imaginary character. Use indirect characterization only, to show that this character is happy or sad or mad or excited or any other emotion you want to show. (Use more than one emotion if you wish.)

4. Do a short play using a narrator that has two major characters in it. Use direct and indirect characterization to show what the characters are thinking and feeling. Make your skit about some common conflict that happens at your school or place of work.

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