Monday, September 20, 2010

Assignment #5

Well well looks like someone hasn't been taking her own advice and writing every day. Let alone posting prompts every day....

Hopefully that gave you time to catch up on prompts and explore your own writing tendencies a bit. I'm hoping I will be able to give more consistent - if not daily - posts from here on out.

Your next assignment, to get your imagination jump-started again, is to create a character. You can do this in a number of ways - write a list, write a paragraph, draw a graphic organizer like a web or diagram. Some people see a name first and branch out from there - others see a face, or a job, or a catchline. An old professor of mine, who has published several well-liked children's books, once woke up with a character practically shoving her way out of his subconscious with the line, in a craggly and determined voice, "That'll do."

When writing a profile of your character (or list, chart, paragraph, etc.) be sure to include the following:

  • physical description (hair, face, height, clothes)
  • background (think about their childhood, where they came from)
  • action (what do they do for work, for fun)
  • context (where do they currently live, and among whom)
  • personality traits (common emotions, pet peeves, temperament)
  • quirks (we all have them. give your character one or two!)
Have fun!

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