Weekend Writing Exercise

oxford-street_2797070b

Imagine that your two main characters are arranging to meet for the first time in a crowded place. How would they describe themselves so that they would be recognized? What do they say they look like? What do they wear? How do they act? How accurate are they in how they perceive themselves? Would the other person be able to recognize them from their description? How do they perceive the other?

This exercise lets you dig deeper into the appearance and demeanor of your character, while giving you a look at their psychology as well.

Advertisements

(Song) Writing Exercises

Still working on your book? I am! I still need an ending. Here’s a few exercises to try based on Christmas songs.

Jingle Bells – music, movement, this song has a lot of sensory details. What can your character see, touch, hear, smell, feel? It is a good sensation or a bad one? Describe it without overwhelming your reader.

All I Want for Christmas is You – Who does your character want and why? Make that wanting drive the story. It could be romantic, but it doesn’t have to be. Maybe they want revenge! Maybe they want a parent or a friend.

Let it Snow – How does the weather affect your story? It can add a great element. Is it summer or winter? That will determine what your character is wearing and whether they’re comfortable outside.

Deck the Halls – How is the room decorated? Have you described the setting? You don’t have to give us every detail, but your readers want to know something. Is it messy, neat, does it smell inviting? Is there a comfy chair or a broken table? Give us the details.

Blue Christmas – This could be all about color, but it could also be about emotions. What is your character feeling? Show us, don’t just tell. And if you want to use some metaphors, that’s great.

Sleigh Ride – Get that character moving! Don’t leave them stuck in one location. New settings offer us a perspective on the story, a chance to encounter new types of characters and challenges.

I hope this list was helpful. Good luck with the writing!

Weekend Writing Prompt

suitcase

“No more theme parks. Once was enough.”

“You know that was a good time. What you mean is, no more camping. If I want to get all sweaty and swat bugs, I can sit out in my backyard.”

“Whatever. You had a great time. Once you stopped whining.”

“So where should we go?”