Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Growing a Character


I've got my garden in and I can't help but marvel at how many of the little sprouts look quite similar when they first break through the soil. But over time they develop individuality that marks them as the plant they are.

Characters are much the same. When they first appear on the page, they may be similar, but over time they develop and take on characteristics that make them unique. Some fill the roll of antagonist, others the protagonist and some are only secondary characters.

For today's prompt choose one of your existing characters and write a scene that challenges him or her to be more than they are currently in your imagination. If you're stuck, here are a few challenges you can put in their path:

  • Do a good deed
  • Do something sneaky
  • Tell a lie (the motive is up to you)
  • Reveal feelings they've been hiding
  • Get pulled over

2 comments:

Rio said...

You helped my Character grow 2day!
Thank you so much!
Keep up the good work!
Please come be my friend at:
http://www.RioTheYorkiePoo.com

Donna Sundblad said...

Hi Rio,

Thanks for taking the time to tell me the prompt worked to grow your character. I took a peek at your website. Maybe we could use a cute photo of Rio as a prompt. If you're interested, just let me know.

Donna