Out of all the Institute of Children's Literature assignments, I think this one has helped me the most so far.
I've had a terrible time trying to create a character. With this lesson I was to observe a child and then describe this child to my instructor. I learned how to use strong descriptions. The second part of the lesson I was to create a personality for this character. It was easier to do this with a child I wasn't familiar with.
I went to a girl's basketball ball game and had several"characters" I could choose from. When it came to writing the personality part, I had free reign to have her do what I wanted her to do.
After this assignment I took my notebook where ever there was going to be a crowd. I have since picked up many other characters.
Then after I had my characters created I could put them into stories or just let them tell me their stories.
I had heard of authors saying they "talk" to their characters or their characters talked to them. This had never happened to me before this lesson. Now all those characters I have "picked up " are clamoring for attention.
Oh, Jaxon is calling to me and we haven't been able to talk to each other until now, so if you' excuse me...