Creating Characters Working Session
At our May meeting Lori Davis covered brainstorming techniques for creating vivid, memorable characters. Our June meeting will give you an opportunity to implement these techniques. So come to the meeting with a character you’d like to get to know better. He or she can be a main character or any character who is giving you trouble.
No worries if you missed the May meeting. Lori's handouts will ready to download here soon, and she'll have extra copies and full directions at the meeting.
Midway through the evening we will work in pairs to write two sets of vignettes featuring each partner’s character. Each writer pens an original vignette from his or her character’s point of view, and then hands it over to his or her partner to cover the same plot points from the other character’s perspective. This exercise often adds personality to characters when they wander on back to their original stories.
To familiarize our partners with our characters, we’ll make carbons of the brainstorming sheets we fill out at the meeting. (Remember carbon paper? Lori has hunted some down for just this purpose.) If you work ahead at home, please bring a second copy of your notes to share with your partner.