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Nine Boxes…Nine Monsters!

Most good stories revolve around an appealing character. And so learning how to develop interesting characters can be a great way to improve your writing. A fun activity is to draw lines on a large sheet of paper, dividing it up into nine boxes, kind of like a tic-tac-toe board. Then draw a character in each box. The characters could be humans or animals or even inanimate objects, but I recommend drawing monsters. Drawing monsters is great because there are no rules; you can draw a monster with six legs, or legs on its head, or no legs at all. They could be furry or scaly or slimy or even invisible! Just let your imagination go wild and have fun drawing wacky characters. After drawing nine monsters (one in each box), give them each a name, a favorite food, a hobby, and a description of their family. Which of your nine characters do you like the most? Why? Can you write a little story about that character? I bet you can.

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