As I continue to play catchup, I hope everyone is enjoying their A to Z journey. I have some comments on my previous posts, plus any that come to visit today, and I simply MUST return the favor before posting a comment in the official A to Z blog. But before I do all that, let's talk about today's word...
C is for Character
Most great books begin and end with a great character. It's the character's voice that draws you into the book. It's the character's actions that drives the story. And it's the character's growth that you remember long after the book is closed. Finally, it's usually the character that propels you to seek out the next installment in the series.
For Writers - Creating Characters
Whether your picture book is character-driven or plot-driven, it probably needs at least one well-written character. Even if you are writing in "apostrophe voice" (Shout out to JD Silverwood for teaching me that term), there still needs to be an implied character that will draw the reader in. Here are some characteristics of great characters:
For Readers – Title Characters
When thinking about human title characters in picture books, I mostly remember girl characters.
In the animal world it gets a little more equal
When I think of early chapter books and graphic novels, the title characters that come to mind are equally boys and girls
When I think of Middle Grade and YA, the first title characters I think of are mostly male, but there are almost as many classic female title characters
If you disagree, please prove me wrong! I'd love to be introduced to some new title characters.
Today I have a lot of links to share, but so many of them are fun and (dare I say it?) full of Character!
And don't forget the whole reason we're following the alphabet:
I write about, with, for, and around kids all day. (Well, maybe I do the dishes too. Sometimes.)