I don't mean it in the U.S. Army sense of the word.
Right. So I got this idea from my favorite Manga drawing book. The idea is that character development isn't static, so the best way to do it isn't by making a list of your characters' qualities or favorite after-school activitities.
Instead, you think about how your character would react in a situation, and that helps you to get to know your character the same way you would get to know a real person--actions speak louder than words and all that.
So now I'm starting each Manga meeting by giving the kids a prompt, like what would your character do
- if a rock was falling on her head?
- if someone unexpected declared his or her undying love?
- if he was falsely accused of stealing something?
The great thing about this, for me, is that I'm going to reuse the situations as prompts for my drama club. If I were to write an equation describing how this will affect my planning time, I would use division. But I can't be any more exact, because that would involve math.