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Making Story People

  • Characters must care
  • Characters must have a goal
  • Simple Labels for your characters
  • Friends and Family: your first characters
  • Myers-briggs and character creation

Making Story People

Lecture Slides are screen-captured images of important points in the lecture. Students can download and print out these lecture slide images to do practice problems as well as take notes while watching the lecture.

  • Intro 0:00
  • Making Characters 0:43
  • Brainstorming Characters 1:41
    • First Thing Everyone Uses for their Character: Yourself
    • First Thing Everyone Uses for their Character: Friends and Family
    • Pitfalls to Using Yourself and People You Know
    • Quickly Overcoming Those Pitfalls
    • Get to Know 'Personalities'
    • 4 Types of Personalities
    • What the Letters Mean
  • Process for Making a Character 9:40
    • Alfred Hitchcock Says
    • Problem With His Statement
    • Imagine Unexpected Actions
    • What Does the Character Care About?
    • Labels
    • Label Examples Bart Simpson
    • Label Examples Hermione Granger
    • Label Examples Luke Skywalker
    • Label Examples Bilbo Baggins
    • Switching Adjectives
  • Assignment 18:19