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Character Development

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Your character comes upon a fork in a road and has no idea where to go. How does he feel? Which road does he take and why? What's at the end of the road?

Your character is being lectured by someone in a position of authority, how do they react?

What does your character most love to do when he/she has free time? Why?

Is there anything that makes your character feel safe? Something comforting? Describe what it is and why it makes them feel safe?

Describe the following things from your character's point of view. A meadow. A crowded room. An empty room. The room where they spent their childhood. Their current house or living area. A city. A farm.

Being in touch with the things you are passionate about help you write deeper more meaningful stories. Create a list of five things you love, now pick one thing and have a character like it as well. Write one page on this loved object from your character's point of view, make sure to change it up a little so that the character's view of the object is slightly different from yours.

Now, write a list of ten things you hate. Have one of your characters like that thing you hate. This will expand your ability to see things from someone else's point of view. Write one page.

Three characters enter a room; an old embittered woman, angry at life and full of regret, a young idealistic boy, and a mother of a newborn baby. How does each character describe the room?

Introduce the antagonist in a story, allow his physical description and body language to convey his/her sinister or selfish nature.

Describe your main characters hands in one paragraph, try to convey as much about his/her personality in the description.

Memories are a major force in our lives; we are our memories. Have your character make a journal entry about a particularly vivid memory she/he has. Make it as real and vivid for the reader.

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