The characters in your story need to be a balance of their good qualities and bad qualities.  If you are not sure how to go about doing that, start by filling in this organizer for the characters that are the most important and stop when you feel like you have written out all of the characters that the reader will really know and relate to in your story.  For example, if you have a villain and all he or she does in your story is bad things, and only shows one side of their personality, you don’t have to fill them in unless you really want to. But it is always to make tables for all important characters, even if they are good or bad.

Character Chart:

Character name:____________

Role in story:_____________

External Appearance:  What does he or she look like?  Focus on only the details that are necessary to the story.  If your character has brown hair that she wears in ribbons, then only write it if it is important that she is pretty or if it shows that she is selfish or really cares about her appearance. Also, you should give the reader a little freedom to picture the character pretty much as they like.

Internal:  What are their character traits? Are they afraid of the dark? Too forgiving? Clever? Shy? Artistic?  Again, if your character likes it play the guitar, only write it in if it’s actually something he or she has to do or talk about doing in the story. If it is not related, then the reader might get distracted.

Goals:  What does your character wants to accomplish in the story? Although it may seem cool that the reader has many goals, its better to stick to one main goal.

Barriers:  What is stopping your character from reaching those goals?