Earlier this week, I wrote a post about how to keep your character from getting what they want. If you haven’t read it already, I encourage you to do so before reading this post. It introduces the decision grid and links to another site that more fully explains the decision grid.
But, if you are crunched for time, you can pin the other post for later. You don’t need to read it in order to benefit from this post.
I’ve taken the post and turned it into a printable that I’m sharing with you!
Printable: Decision Grid to Keep Your Character from Getting What They Want
Although simple in design, the decision grid should not be underestimated. It can be a powerful tool for character development and plot. It will help you understand character motivation and add more conflict and tension to your writing. This grid is perfect for main characters and secondary characters.
Use the Decision Grid for Your Main Character
I recommend filling the decision grid (click for a FREE download) out for your main character, at least. Doing so will help you map out events and decisions that can keep them from getting what they want. Filling out the second quadrant will even help you know what is motivating your character.
The grid will be most helpful for your main character. But you can fill it out for any character in your novel.
Use the Decision Grid for Secondary Characters
Filling out the grid for other characters will help you develop those characters. It will also help you find more ways to thwart or aid your character. Will the decisions of other characters further keep your main character from getting what they want? Or will secondary characters aid your main character and help them reach their objective?
Filling out this simple decision grid has really helped me understand my characters. It’s helped me find new ways to keep my character from reaching her main objective and helped me organize how other characters impact the story. It’s made the plot more interesting with added conflict because it gives me a clearer understanding of what my character really wants and how I can keep her from getting it.
How will you use your decision grid?
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