Character Development Writing Prompts

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Character Development Writing Prompts

Character Development: Writing Prompts for High Schoolers— Good characters are the backbone of any good story—but creating an interesting, complex character out of thin air is easier said than done.  That’s why it’s so important for fiction writers to really spend time getting to know their characters: what they like, their pet peeves, and the secret thoughts they would never share with anyone else.

These “create your own character” writing prompts for high schoolers give students a starting point to practice effective character development.

Character Development Writing PromptsEach prompt offers a single, general quality or situation that students can base a character sketch on.  The key here is for students to take the character they immediately picture when they see the prompt—for instance “a daredevil” or “the youngest of seven siblings”—and then unpack who that person is and what makes him or her tick.  Encourage your students to ask themselves questions about the characters like “What is the character’s greatest fear?”, “Who is the character’s best friend?”, or “What annoys this character more than anything else?”.

At the end of the exercise, these character development writing prompts will help your students better understand the process of creating their own compelling characters—and give them some unique personalities to continue writing about if they so choose!

32 Character Development Writing Prompts for High School Students

  1. Create a character sketch of someone who is getting to know his or her self for the first time.
  2. Create a character sketch of someone who is preparing to move to a new city.
  3. Create a character sketch of someone who doesn’t like animals.
  4. Create a character sketch of someone who is a very talented musician.
  5. Create a character sketch of someone who is very concerned about the environment.
  6. Create a character sketch of someone who has just ended a six-year relationship.
  7. Create a character sketch of someone who is a new parent.
  8. Create a character sketch of someone who is always the life of the party.
  9. Create a character sketch of someone who is anxious when they meet new people.
  10. Create a character sketch of someone who is learning a skill he or she should have learned a long time ago.
  11. Create a character sketch of someone who is a daredevil.
  12. Create a character sketch of someone who doesn’t get along with his or her parents.
  13. Create a character sketch of someone who really loves Christmas.
  14. Create a character sketch of someone who is a successful politician.
  15. Create a character sketch of someone who has just received an athletic scholarship.
    These character development writing prompts will help your students better understand the process of creating their own compelling characters—and give them some unique personalities to continue writing about if they so choose!
  16. Create a character sketch of someone who is afraid of heights.
  17. Create a character sketch of someone who is the youngest of seven siblings.
  18. Create a character sketch of someone who has trouble expressing his or her thoughts.
  19. Create a character sketch of someone who is struggling to make a big decision.
  20. Create a character sketch of someone who suffers from a severe food allergy.
  21. Create a character sketch of someone who is best friends with his or her next-door neighbor.
  22. Create a character sketch for someone who goes for a run every single morning.
  23. Create a character sketch of someone who wants to be an astronaut.
  24. Create a character sketch of someone who has recently come into a great sum of money.
  25. Create a character sketch of someone who is fighting with a close friend.
  26. Create a character sketch of someone who only sleeps three to four hours each night.
  27. Create a character sketch of someone who believes they can see into the future.
  28. Create a character sketch of someone who is obsessed with a particular TV show.
  29. Create a character sketch of someone who is a professional surfer.
  30. Create a character sketch of someone who has just gotten his or her first pet at the age of 32.
  31. Create a character sketch of someone who is trying to get a big promotion.
  32. Create a character sketch of someone who loves mountain-climbing and hiking.

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These character development writing prompts will help your students better understand the process of creating their own compelling characters—and give them some unique personalities to continue writing about if they so choose!

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