Welcome to Creative Writing for Kids Step 2. If you are here, you've already reviewed our creative writing formula and chosen a Who + What + Why Not. If not, return to Creative Writing for Kids Step 1.
Describe your character (Who)
Every story you'll write needs a beginning, a middle, and an end. In the beginning, you introduce your main character (the "Who" you chose in Step 1.)
How to describe your story character
What is your character like? Nice/Mean? Selfish/Kind? Shy/Bold? The way you describe him or her will shape the story.
See how changing the describing words in this Who + What + Why Not changes the story completely.
A fairy + wants to go to the gnome village + but a dragon gets in the way.
Option 1: A charming, young fairy + wanted to go to the gnome village + but a baby dragon got in the way.
Option 2: A combat-boot-wearing- fairy + wanted to go the gnome village + but a ferocious dragon got in the way.
Choose some adjectives
To help your reader know what your character is like, write in some adjectives to show what she looks like and what kind of personality she has. Your character could be:
Enchanting / Horrid
Cruel / Compassionate
Spiky / Slimy
Sparkling / Dull
Monstrous / Puny
Frosty / Warm
Gorgeous / Repulsive
Cheerful / Grumpy
Shy / Bold
Lazy / Antsy
Wise / Zany
For more ideas on describing your character, see our awesome adjectives list.
Choose some verbs and adverbs
How would your character walk? Talk? Treat other people? Choose some really precise verbs and adverbs and you've told a lot about your character with just a couple words. Good creative writing uses fewer words to paint a more colorful picture, so have a look at these groups of more specific verbs and adverbs:
Walk- stride, crawl, creep, skip, tip-toe
Talk- yell, cry, whisper, declare, announce, question
Eat- chomp, guzzle, dine, devour
Get more ideas from our interesting verbs list.
Carefully, quickly, secretly, suddenly, never, always
Get more ideas from our interesting adverbs list.
Putting it all together- Introduce your Character
So you have your Who + What + Why Not and you've chosen some interesting adjectives and action verbs. Now it's time to put it all together and start writing your story. Remember, in the beginning of the story, you are introducing the character (Who). Your reader will want to know what he looks and acts like, and what his basic problem is (What + Whay Not). Use these examples to see how it's done.
(Teachers- Try the Describe your Character worksheet . Considering comparing the Easy and Advanced Stories to show children how better adjectives and verbs can really improve the story.)