Monday, July 10, 2017
New exercise: your character from three points of view
I'm posting this exercise for my new online class, but anyone can do it.
This exercise is about exploring your main character. Write down her/his name, and the names of two other important characters in your novel or story. You now have three names on your page.
All of these people will tell us about your main character. We'll see her first through her own eyes, then through the eyes of the other two.
Go to this random number generator. Set max to 60. Get a number. Find that word on the list and write it next to the name of your main character.
Do this for each of the other two characters.
Now set the timer for five minutes and let your main character describe herself. The word next to her name must go in the first sentence.
Do the same for the other two characters. Remember each character is giving their own take on your main character.
Don't think too much about this; just write until the timer goes off. Have fun!
At the end, what have you discovered about your main character and her relationships? How might this inform the next scene you're going to write or rewrite?
Posted by Kirsten Bakis at 5:35 AM