Thursday, November 11, 2010

Character Diagram

Here is the character flowchart I mentioned in my previous post. I made it with MS Visio, then I screen captured the print preview so I could have a picture of it. It's hard to see much in this thumbnail in this post, but this is only the scaled down version of a larger image.

I started out by placing my main character Sabina in the center then I kept her her co-workers above and beside her. Her boyfriend and best friend are lower as I didn't have to worry about what they think about her co-workers.

After awhile it did get a bit confusing with the arrow shapes with the number of characters I have on here. So I used the connector tool for the last two arrows. They were black originally, but then I figured out how to change the colors. I used dark green for strong like, lighter green for liking someone, gray for more neutral, lighter red for dislike, and dark red for hate. Ya, Iris is one of those people that really doesn't like others. I still need to put arrows in between the best friend and boyfriend.


Amparo Ortiz said...

Okay. I feel soooo lazy after seeing this :D

I think a character chart might help me out, especially since I barely keep up with how many times my fake people change their minds.

Great post!

Kittie Howard said...

Bravo! I read another post awhile back where someone had done something similar...and went on to finish the ms, had an easier job editing. You're motivating me to chart before I begin my stories.

Claire Goverts said...

Amparo - I don't usually chart out my characters like this. I had been struggling with the writing so I wanted to try something.

Kittie - Thanks. I charted after starting the novel (about 5k in maybe), and I'm glad I did. Aside from having the characters listed having a visual of the different relationships was nice.