Weekly Writing Challenge: Better Know a Character
“When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.”–Ernest Hemingway
This week’s challenges are a little different. I found myself thinking about how we get to know the characters we create. Some people prefer exhaustive profiles, while others discover them as they write. Sometimes, taking your character outside of the situation of your story can help you see them in a different light. Taking a break from writing can also jump-start your creativity.
The following activities make you think about your characters outside of a standard profile.
- Make a playlist of 10-12 songs based on one of your characters.
- Find or create a recipe for your character’s signature drink (does not have to be alcoholic). Bonus points if you actually make it!
- What is your character’s favorite food? Find a recipe that they would love and make it if you can.
- Draw a character or setting from your story. Bonus points if you suck at drawing (like me) and do it anyway.
- Go to Amazon and create a “wish list” for your character. What would they want if they had Internet access and unlimited funds? Alternatively, you could browse a physical store.