You get a chance to time travel. If you accept, you have a 90% chance of arriving where you intended, a 90% chance of arriving with your clothes and money, and a 90% chance of arriving with your memory.
You accept. You wake up 100 years before you intended, naked, with no memory of how you got there. What now?
“Excuse me, do you work here? I think I’m lost.”
“You shouldn’t be here without protective gear. You need to get out now!”
“I just took her into the hospital. This is all your fault.”
” Don’t worry. I’ll take care of it. “
Connor was kneading the dough for the morning’s breakfast when he saw something go past the shop window. Was that his math teacher? Why did she have a knife?
“Right, so what have we got?”
“It’s a new one by me, boss. They fished this guy out of the river, but when they turned the body over. . .”
Late one night your cat comes home with a treat in her mouth. At first she refuses to give it up, but you finally manage to take it away from her. When you see what it is, you almost drop it. It’s a human toe.
You’re at the store to pick up some milk when you see one of your neighbors with her back to you. She doesn’t notice you because she’s too busy yelling at her child.
“I told you to get the other one. How could you be so stupid? I swear to God, I don’t even know why I had children. You’re all nothing but trouble. Go back and get the right one.”
What do you do?
Having trouble defining a character? Try this quiz and see what you learn. Go with instinct – don’t think too hard. Your subconscious knows this already.
- If you character had to choose between love and duty, which would they choose?
- What makes your character really angry?
- If you character was with a loved one and danger approached, what would they do? Run? Hide? Protect?
- If your character got bad news, who would they tell first?
- What time of day is your character’s favorite? Why?
Your characters should be a mix of positive traits and negative ones. A character that is all good or all evil is not interesting or believable. The reader wants someone they can identify with.
You’re looking forward to a quiet walk by the lake when you see a couple in boat. Suddenly one person falls into the water. Were they pushed? What do you do next?