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Creating Character Sketches in Scrivener

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7 Lessons (12m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Getting Started

    • 3. Adding Pictures

    • 4. Marty

    • 5. Doc

    • 6. Biff

    • 7. Class Project

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This class will teach you how to create character sketches with Scrivener.  You will need a Scrivener account to be able to participate. 

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Hi Everyone! My name's Heather and my passion is finding ways to make a living from the comfort of home.  My plan is to create courses to help you learn to do the same.    My lessons will revolve around, ways to make money from home, how to earn passive income, Living frugally, and cooking healthy, easy meals for your family.  Whether you want to be able to stay home with your kids, or you just want to ditch your cubicle, I hope you find that my courses will help you on your journey!   

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1. Introduction : hi, everyone. Today I'm going to be showing you how to create a character sketch in Scripture whenever I start a new fiction story. The stuff I like to begin with is building my character sketches. This is important because when you really get to know your character's personality is inhabits, then it is much easier for you to anticipate how they'll react to the obstacles you decide to throw with them. When you master the art of getting to know your characters, a kind of magic happens, and they will start to tell you their stories. Themselves in your job is simply to write a doubt. There's a quote by Stephen King that I love, where he says, the idea for a novel. It's like a little tiny fire in the night, and one by one, the characters come out and stand around toe, warn their hands. I think you'll find as I did when you create your character sketches before anything else, they'll come to the fire much more willingly and help you build it bigger and brighter than you ever could have imagined. So come join me as I break down each step needed to create violent character sketches in Scripture 2. Getting Started : When we open up a new project in Scrivener, we will select fiction novel, and then we will name our document for this class. I thought it would be really fun to use one of my all time favorite movie. Is this an example back to the future? After you typed the file name just hit, Create toe. Open up the project you'll see on the left hand side is the binder. This is where we will build our character sketches. You will see down here we have template sheets with a character sketch template and a setting sketch template. I don't want you to feel like you're stuck with the layout of this template. I know it can look a little intimidating, and you don't have to think of all of these character elements right off the bat. You can change this template toe have as much or as little as you want. I usually keep Parolin story, physical description, personality and I add goal in story. Think of your characters as acquaintances who later turned into best friends. The more time you spend with them, the more details you'll be able to fill in now. When I first started. I made the mistake of thinking I could simply drag the character sketch template up to the character section, But you'll see that if you do this, it will take it out of the template section completely. So instead we can right click on the character section, click at New from template and character sketch. Another way you can do this is to go up to the greens circle with the plus sign Select New from template and character sketch. You want to do this for however many characters that you would like toa add. If you make a mistake and add too many, you can lead it by simply clicking on the template and hitting the red moved to trash button. For the purpose of this lesson, we're only going to add the three main characters. Marty McFly, I, Doc Brown and Biff Tannen. 3. Adding Pictures : Now, when you're working on your character sketches, you have the mainly out page, and you can also go to the corkboard. Here you will be able to see all of your sketches together. You will eventually have pictures here as well, and this kind of fun to see all of your characters beside each other. I know that it holds me to visualize how they would look interacting with with each other in the story. There is a handy little side panel that we can add to the right. Call the inspector to add it. We just go up to view layout in Clicked, Inspector. Now you can simply drag and drop your character photos to this area. You can use Google or Pinterest to find pictures. I find it fun to think about what actors I would want to play my characters if my book gets turned into a movie and look for pictures of them. Or you can simply search for pictures of people with characteristics that you're looking for like curly, red haired woman with glasses. When you find the picture that you would like to use, simply drag and drop into this black area now you can see a picture of your character while you're writing your description. If you click back over to your corkboard, you will see that it now has a picture of your character. A swell. If you would like to change it back to the note lines, simply double click on it and you can click out of it to see your picture again. You can also drag the photo over to your description area. If you want to see a larger picture of your character, you will just need to do some re sizing to make it look proportional. 4. Marty: Now it's time to fill in our character descriptions. Let's start with Marty. His role in the story is hero physical description. He is a teenage boy with blue eyes and brown hair. He wears blue jeans and a red vest. His personality is friendly and easy going. He can be a bit anxious but also loyal to his friends. When they need him, he has strong fear of rejection. This is something that I think makes Marty such a great character. He has the same fears and flaws that most people have. This makes the audience relate to him and care more about his situation than they would if he was a well adjusted overachiever. When you're creating your main character, be careful not to make them to perfect. The audience needs to be able to see a little bit of themselves in your hero. Goal in story. Marty has a couple of different goals in the story. He wants to get back to his own time in 1985. He also has to make sure that his parents still fall in love in 1955. Otherwise he will cease to exist. He has to achieve the school before he fades from a picture that he has. Giving your character of deadline like this will help keep your story exciting in your reader on the edge of their seat. Having multiple goals for your character can also keep your story moving at a good pace and keep the reader from getting bored. 5. Doc: The next character is stock Brown, and his role in the story is the mentor. The mentor is a character who gives your hero the confidence or knowledge that he or she needs to complete their journey. Physical description. He is a thin, older man with a mop of wild white hair. He typically wears away lab coat personality. He is brilliant, with a wide range of knowledge in the sciences. He is a good friend and mentor to Marty, giving him the knowledge he needs about time travel to get back home and encouraging him to believe that he can accomplish anything if he puts his mind to it. Doc School in the story is to help Marty get back to his own time. 6. Biff: Our next character is the villain of the story. Biff Tannen. Physical description If it's big and tall, with short blond hair personality, Biff is a selfish bully with a short temper. He loves intimidating people who appear weaker than him, and he doesn't like it when people like Marty stand up to him. He's also not very bright Weaken. See this as he often misuses common phrases like when he says, Make like a tree and get out of here instead of Make Like a Tree and leave Golden Story. When Marty goes back to 1955 we realized that one of its goals was to marry Marty's mom, Lorraine. After a series of run ins. He also makes it his goal to get rid of Marty Biff Issa character with absolutely no redeeming qualities. On one hand, it makes it really easy for the audience to hate your villain, but on the other hand, he can make your story a lot more interesting. If you make your villain less one dimensional and give them a reason for being bad or a cost of the reader can relate Teoh, even if it may be misguided 7. Class Project: for your class project. I would like you to take what you've learned in this class and create your own character sketch. It could be a character from your own creation or one of your favorite characters from books, movies or TV. Once you have created your character sketch, take a screenshot and share it with the class. An easy way to do this is to use the snipping tool on your computer to save and then upload to the class project section. I look forward to seeing all of your characters.