Here is a simple exercise to help you “find” your character:
In 100 words or less describe yourself, a family member, someone you know, or a fictional character. (Use a picture if you have one.) Include something from each of the following:
- Facial features: voluptuous lips, chestnut eyes, bent nose, tousled hair…
- Physical traits: stumpy legs, clenched fists, olive skin…
- Sensory: raspy voice, heavy-footed, speaks with a lisp
- Emotional features: neat freak, coffee addict, generous, rude
- Smell: repulsive body odor, smells like the sun
Watch redundancy and look for the strongest verbs/adjectives to get your image across. Take your time with this. You want the reader to “see” your character through your words – no graphics and special effects here!
Have some fun with this. You may surprise yourself!
Tune in next week for more on developing your character…