Writing Prompt- Characterization
Do something different with a character you know well.
For this exercise, take a character you know well and place them in a scene/setting they are unfamiliar with. The character could be from your novel, based on a good friend or family member in real life or anyone that you have a solid understanding of. Let them steer where the scene goes. DO NOT outline the scene before you begin.
- If the character has lived their whole life in small town USA, you could put them in Tokyo, Japan.
- If your character lives in the city and works in a cubical, you could make them a helping farm hand.
- If you’re writing a novel set in a fantasy world, you could place your main character in the reality we know (or vice versa).
- If your character is unfamiliar with violence, you could have another character hold them at gunpoint.
- If your character is one who is always in action (doing, talking, fighting, seeking, ect.), place them in a very simple place of peace where they have no pressing issues and simply get to relax.
This is a great exercise for anyone writing a novel because it will help you get to know your character. To know what your character would do in any and all situations makes for a very strong and consistent character. And its nice to have a small break from plot once in a while.
Once you’ve completed the exercise, consider what the character’s actions tells you about them. Did it reveal a part of them you didn’t see before? Did it verify characteristics you already knew where there or did it reveal new ones?
If you complete the exercise, please share it! I always love to see what different people’s imaginations bring them!