Rick Riordan shares his top tips for ‘borrowing’ ideas from myths and legends to create your own stories and characters. You could use this video as part of your topic work on the ancient civilisations.
Read a lot and read a lot about the Greek myths that you want to write about. Pick the Gods and Goddesses that interest you the most. Or you could choose a monster like Medusa or the Minotaur – the character doesn’t even have to be human!
What do they look like? What would their personality be like if you were to meet? How would they talk and dress? Also think about their family, friends and hobbies. What hobbies would Medusa have?
So you’ve got your character picked out and know the basic stuff about them. Now it’s time to make them your own – try changing them a little bit. For example Grover Underwood, is half-goat and half-man, so Rick made him a vegetarian – and because he’s a goat, he also eats things like tin cans!
Put your character in a story and set them a challenge to see how they respond.
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