Monday, 1 August 2011

Writing exercises galore!!

With perfect timing (seeing as it's my CampNaNo month and I need to get hoppin'), Charmaine Clancy of Wagging Tales is holding a blogfest:

Imagination Sparks Blogfest

It's all about posting a writing exercise and trying out other people's. My favourite writing exercise is actually more of a characterisation exercise.

The Character Interview! 

  • Imagine you're a journalist, writing a column for your favourite newspaper/magazine. 
  • Pick a character you've been having problems with
  • Invite him or her to your office, offer them coffee/tea/lemonade
  • Play 20 questions with them! All questions must be relevant to the character and/or the plot. He/she asks you about things that will or did happen in the story, you ask him/her about what they think, feel, whatever. 
  • Rinse and repeat as necessary ; P
I absolutely adore this exercise. Many, many of my plot and character problems have resolved themselves during these interviews. Sometimes, we (the character & I) discover entirely new storylines and plot points. I can definitely recommend this, particularly if you're suffering from writers' block! 

Have fun! 


ps. here's some character interviews I've done before:

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