Creative Writing Practice: bringing your character to life

I’m eager to continue character writing, so let’s jump right into it today.

Set aside between 30 minutes to an hour to work on this session. Like I’ve said before, some of these writing ideas have been inspired by others online, creative writing books, and past writing classes. Some are original. Now they are yours.

Begin: 2 minutes

Start with a stream of consciousness. Set a timer for 2 minutes, put your pen to paper (or fingers to keys) and start writing. Don’t stop until the timer goes off. Don’t worry about spelling, grammar, hurting anyone’s feelings. Just get it out. After the timer goes off you can burn it or delete it, but GET IT OUT. I consider this to be a brain dump before I can let my true creativity come to the surface, though sometimes there are gems within the nonsense. Underline anything that sparks something for you.

Writing Exercise: 10-15 minutes

Your character invites you to their place for dinner. Through your own 1st person point of view, give a brief description of your character, then tell us about the setting. What sort of home do they have? Do they have a decorating style? Any family? Pets? Weird roommates? What food is served?

Don’t get too bogged down in the describing. Give a blanket overview in a couple sentences, then dive into the conversation. What would this character have to say to you?

Writing Prompt: 15-20 mins

Pick a random location from this list. Drop your new character into this place and create a scene where there is an action – do they meet someone? Spill coffee all over themselves? Get into an accident? Try to step outside of simply describing the location and your character. Their actions will speak for themselves.

Set down your pen.

If you feel inspired to share your writing from this session, please comment below, or link to your own website. I’d love to read what you’ve come up with.

Happy writing!

Love, Emma

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