Writing Exercise (Creating A Character)
You’re a writer, or an aspiring writer in the works of a great novel… That’s awesome! You’ve got your computer right in front of you, and you’d like to get started on this amazing character you’ve thought about for a fantastic storyline. You’re still sitting there, looking blankly at the screen wondering why you’re having such a difficult time describing her or him… Not to worry, I’m here to help with a great exercise.
Let’s start with the shape of the face:
- Long/middle/or short
- Tied back tight or loose
- Covering face/one side of face?
- Hair color?
- shape: Oval/squints/droopy/sleepy?
- Long eye-lashes/short lashes
- Bushy eyebrows/sleek
- nice full lips/slim lips
- good smile?
- straight teeth/crooked teeth/buck teeth
- white teeth/green/gray/black teeth
- chipped tooth/loose tooth
- high cheek bones?
- rosy cheeks
Now that you’ve developed facial details let’s branch off to the body. How would you like your character to come across? Is she or he tall/short? Built like a tank with strength or fragile and limp? Tone/in shape/out of shape/overweight? Does this character walk with confidence or in shame or shyness?
What does your character act like? How do they handle situations? Are they more emotional than others? Are they outcasts, drawn away from social events? Are they popular and can’t stand to be alone? Do they have an anger problem? Do they scare easily, cry often, depressed, dark? Or are they cheerful, optimistic, happy?
What Does This Character DO?
So now that you’ve got the look of the character down, let’s talk about what this character does? What is the role of the character in this amazing book you’re writing? A coffee shop worker? A writer, a FBI agent, a killer, a teacher, a student, a… you get the picture!
Does this character do her or his job well or do they lack the skills? What are their strengths and weaknesses?
Well I wish you luck on this journey of writing, it’s such a fascinating career or hobby to explore. And know that even the greatest of writers experience writers block and hit road blocks in writing. They too have to reach out to writing exercises and other resources to overcome the horrible brain-farts when writing. I hope this exercise helps you get on track. Have fun with it and type until your finger bleed and cramp up, you’ll get your book finished soon enough… and just imagine how magnificent you’ll feel when you’re completely done. Never give up!
Take care readers! (and writers!)
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