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CHARACTER ANALYSIS SHEET (From Art of Storytelling)   3 comments

CHARACTER ANALYSIS SHEET

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Develop your character, whether for novels, short stories or memoir, by filling in all the information you can below. Then write a few paragraphs on a separate sheet of paper about this character. Now, watch how much easier it is to develop this character within the novel. Name: Age: Sex: Place of birth: Physical appearance: How does this character feel about the way he or she looks? Describe the character’s childhood in terms of: relationship to parents relationship to siblings relationship to other key people in his or her youth lifestyle while growing up education childhood activities (hobbies, interests) location (s) where he, or she grew up. Describe the character’s education during and after secondary school, as well as any military service. Describe the character’s current relationship to: Parents Siblings Other key people from his or her youth Describe the character’s romantic life (Married, involved?) and any relevant background (e.g., previously married, affairs). Describe the character’s sex life and moral beliefs. Does the character have kids? If so, describe his or her attitude toward children. What is the character’s religious background and current religious belief? What is the character’s occupation? Describe the character’s relationship to his or her boss and co-workers. How does the character feel about his or her job? What are the character’s hobbies and non-work activities? Describe the character’s philosophy of life. Describe the character’s political views. Sum up the main aspect of the character’s personality, including whether he or she is optimistic or pessimistic, an introvert or extrovert, and so forth. What is this character proud of? What is this character ashamed of? Describe the state of the character’s health. How intelligent is the character? What is their greatest strength? What is their fatal flaw? From the “Art of Storytelling” © http://www.artofstorytellingonline.com

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Do you ever sit down in front of a blank page, after finally finishing all of your procrastination, and then just find yourself staring at the blank page with no idea of what to write or where to start?

There’s a brilliant exercise that I read a few years ago, in an incredibly good and depressingly short lived writing magazine, that was all about how to choose your first word when you’re having trouble finding one. It’s quick, as the name suggests. It’s fairly simple, and all you need is a book within easy reach. So I thought I’d share it with you.

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Writing Prompts: Day Five   Leave a comment

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Obstructions vs Wants

Write a scene where one character wants something and have another character represent the obstruction to that want. Make the want anything, examples of which might include love, a penny, a sister, a shirt , a job, sex, marriage, financial success, a spoon. You can try to resolve the scene or leave it unresolved so you can add to it later. Be overt about the need or be subtle about it. Make sure you use visual and sense-based details, including dialogue to reveal the conflict. (Dr. Greg Oaks)

Good writing and have fun while you learn!

Writing Prompts: Day Four   Leave a comment

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Rid yourself of writer’s block. Take the challenge.

Characters in Conflict

Two characters in conflict over the setting, place them indoors or outdoors, public or private, where one character wants to go and the other one wants to stay. Make sue to include dialogue and details of setting. Use small paragraphs and have a new paragraph each time there is a new speaker. (Dr. Greg Oaks)

Good writing to all who choose to take the challenge!

Writing Prompts: Day Three   1 comment

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 Conflict with a Familiar

Write a first person scene where one character has a disagreement with a very close friend. The dialogue will be leaner and the characters will know how to read each other’s gestures and codes. The disagreement itself might be subtle and not directly stated. Make sure to include setting and character gestures. (Dr. Greg Oaks)

Good writing to all who chose to take the challenge!

Writing Prompts: Day Two   5 comments

Second writing prompt.

“Parts of Yourself as Different Characters”, pick two contrasting parts of yourself and create two different characters to represent each side and then place those two characters in a particular setting and let them talk.”  Dr. Greg Oaks

Have fun and share your results with us if you choice to do so.

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