Friday Writing Exercise 1 Comment

In this exercise we’re going to work on making a character. Whip out your pen, paper and timers please and think of a person. It doesn’t have to be a complicated person, someone as simple as a male jogger or 12 year old schoolgirl will do. Now answer these questions.

  1. What is your character afraid of?
  2. What does your character do to de-stress?
  3. What makes your character angry?
  4. Who was the last person your character talked to on the phone?
  5. In what position does your character sleep?

Set your timer to ten minutes and go! Throw this character into something and see what happens. It helps to have background information in order to figure out how he/she/it will react to certain situations. You don’t have to include any of the answers to the questions in the piece, they’re just there to shape your character and spur you on if you get stuck.

  • Saba

    1. What is your character afraid of?

    Sometimes she wakes up early in the morning, so early she can only see the silhouettes of things, and she looks across the tangle of sheets and the little drool patches on the pillows and the soft rising and falling of his chest, and it’s almost painful, the fear – of loss, of waking up on such a morning to an empty bed, with cold sheets. And she knows that if that were to ever happen, she’d be ruined – the sort of ruin where you don’t stand a chance, where you choose clothes to feel ugly and find yourself not bothering to close the toilet door anymore. The sort where you drink all of your meals, even breakfast.

    2. What does your character do to de-stress?

    In truth, she likes nothing more than curling up on the couch with her blanket, a mug of hot cocoa and a collection of romantic comedies. When asked what her “secret” is, however, she will wax lyrical about Japanese massages, tea from obscure islands, absurdist “garage” theatre and Swedish existential films.

    3. What makes your character angry?

    Colleagues stealing her milk.
    Once, she made a point of dumping half a bag of salt into the carton – clearly labelled with her name in block letters, and also a telling “PLEASE DO NOT TAKE”. At lunchtime she heard loud cursing from one of the work stations and smiled into her cup of milkless tea.

    4. Who was the last person your character talked to on the phone?

    Her mother, who wanted to borrow her “Sex and the City” DVD collection.

    5. In what position does your character sleep?

    No particular position.

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