Creative Writing Practice: adding a new character to the mix

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. For more info on stream of consciousness, click here.

Writing Exercise: 10-15 minutes

Flip through your notebook so far. You have begun the process of writing your story!

Check that you have worked on these exercises and prompts:

What is your basic story line? Thinking about the progress of events since you started writing, where is this path leading your characters?

Write a timeline, noting where each scene will land. I separate each scene into chapters during this process, moving them around until they make sense with the rough idea of my plot.

Take time now to read through your past work, get an idea of your overall story, and draft a timeline. If you already have an idea of how you want the story to end, plot your final chapter on the timeline and work from there.

Writing Prompt: 15-20 minutes

I think it’s time to introduce a new character! With this prompt, do the following:

  1. Pick a random name from this list.
  2. Pick a random number. This is their age.
  3. Pick a location from this list.

Write a scene with this new character in that location, keeping in mind their age.

Don’t concentrate too hard on writing this character into your existing story, just follow your inspiration as you free write. Once you’ve completed this prompt, you can decide whether this character lives in your story or not.

Whew. You’re done.

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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