Saturday, 20 December 2014

12 days of writing: characters

This Christmas, sneak off for twenty minutes to half an hour each day for some lovely, restful creative play with the 12 Days of Writing. If you've just joined in, start your story here. Each day, you get a new prompt to develop it further. (Subscribe to the blog on the top right to get it emailed to you.)

Characters: their version of events

Grab an old magazine or a newspaper supplement, and flip through it to find pictures of people for your characters. Pick four - the protagonist, the person they stole from, and any two others you can think of. Tear them out and glue each one onto a double-spread in your notebook.

Next to each character's picture, write their version of events - the events you have so far, from yesterday, and anything you make up on the spur of the moment. Give yourself about 5 minutes for each character.

Tomorrow we'll play with Place. If you want to share what you invent, tweet me @WritersGreenHse. I'd love to hear.

For more on exploring and enriching stories, you can download the Story Elements: The Complete Set - only available until the end of 30 December 2014. Find out more, see previews, and download it here.

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