Creative Writing Practice: dig deeper into your character

Set aside between 30 minutes to an hour to work on this session. Be sure to check out how to create a character and write them into scenarios before you begin this lesson. 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

This exercise requires a little research. Your job is to read through the traits of each zodiac sign – you can find a concise list here. You don’t need to believe in the validity of the zodiac to do this, just keep an open mind as you are thinking about your developing character. Is there a sign, or two, that they seem to belong to? Take some notes and explain your thought process. When you’ve chosen, dig a little deeper into those signs to discover more about this character. Figuring out both their positive and negative tendencies will help to round out their development.

Writing Prompt: 15-20 minutes

How will your character respond to stressful, or traumatizing situations? Writing a glimpse into their darkest moments will show you who they truly are.

Pick a random stressful situation from this list. Spend 15-20 minutes writing, dropping your character into that situation. Think about their intrinsic traits as they respond, keeping in mind that you want to keep their behaviors consistent.

Done. For now.

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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