Journaling can also be used as a tool for creative writing — whether it be fiction or non-fiction. What makes or breaks writing are the characters. Are they believable? Can the reader relate to them? Doing character sketches in your journal can help make you more observant of the world around you, and can be very revealing when you do one about yourself! To make it easy, start out with a fill-in chart:
Male or Female?
Shape of face
Other distinguishing marks
Type of body/build
What things will get the character angry?
How does the character act for each of those emotions?
How does the character deal with these emotions?
What is the character’s favorite saying?
What quirks does the character have?
What does the character to that is annoying?
What nervous gestures does the character make?
What gestures does the character have when angry?
Does the character make friends easily? Why?
Is the character outgoing or withdrawn? Why?
Is the character serious or jovial?
Does the character have a positive or negative outlook on life? Why?
Start collecting a series of character sketches about those you know best. Including yourself.
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