Let's Meetup for Character Development Workshop

Creative Writing Meeting and New Challenge

Thanks to everyone that participated in our last writing prompt challenge. We had some great work submitted which contributed to a fun and amusing meeting last Thursday.

Several of the submissions have been posted under the Creative Writing Submission link on our blog for you to enjoy and make comments. (bayouwritersclub.blogspot.com)  There are several others that will be added later in the week, so keep an eye out for those awesome stories.

If you could not attend but would like to submit your own writing for posting, please email it directly to me!

Please note that we had to push our next meeting to Thursday October 3rd, at Nuvolari’s in Mandeville. This time we will be focusing on Character Development. It seems to be quite a task for everyone and is certainly a skill that is worth practicing. We will discuss how to create a character that your readers will care about . Then we will share our next writing challenge which is an exercise in creating such a character.

This writing challenge is a little more in depth because we want to really get to “know” your character.

First you will need to click on the link for Character Profiles below and Fill it Out. This is very important so please do not skip!

Next choose from one of the three writing prompts and compose your story! You have 1000 words or less this time.

Please print your character profile page as well as your short story. We will pass the stories around first and then pass the character page around in order to discuss whether they match!

I am quite excited about this exercise and cannot wait to see what you all create!!!

As always…Happy writing! ~ Lisa

Character Profile Link:


Writing Prompts for Character Development

1) Dating Deception

Your character meets someone on an online dating site. Your character writes an e-mail to the person, describing him/herself. Write the e-mail. This e-mail contains two lies. What are they? Why did the character tell them? Also: your character has a very mistaken idea of the impression he/she makes on other people. What impression does your character think he/she makes? What impression does he/she really make? Figure all this stuff out. The character arranges an in-person meeting with the person he/she has met online. What happens at the meeting? Write the story.

2) Character Contradictions

Invent a character who has two personality traits that are completely incompatible, that don't fit together at all. For example: this character is incredibly messy and is also a total perfectionist. Or: this character is a pacifist and also has a really explosive temper. Or: this character believes in strict, traditional family values but is promiscuous by nature. You decide. Then think of a situation in which these two sides of your character would be in direct conflict with each other. Write the story.

3) Self-realization

Your character thinks he/she is good at something, but he/she isn't. Something happens that makes your character realize this. What? What does your character do about it? Write the story.

Good Luck!


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  • Paul H.

    Thanks for the feedback last night, everyone! It was a lot of info but I'm going to buckle down after a few weeks away from this project and see what I can do to sharpen things up a bit.

    October 4, 2013

  • Lisa H.

    Everyone truly spent a lot of time reading and critiquing Paul's manuscript!

    1 · October 3, 2013

  • Lisa H.

    Hey everyone!!! I am back from my trip and realize that the meeting information that I thought I had changed, did not go through! Please remember that tomorrow's meeting (October 3rd) is to review Paul's book and the character development is for October 10th.
    Looking forward to seeing everyone:-)

    October 2, 2013

  • allen

    One more thing, if I am up I'm going to bring hard copies for those who want to critique the story. I'll need to know how many copies I need to bring.

    September 23, 2013

    • Paul H.

      Allen, to save you the time and expense of printing, what about using DropBox? It is free to set up and you get a link to your manuscript you can send out. Just a thought.

      September 23, 2013

  • allen

    Hey guys, I've been a bit busy lately and lost track of the group's goings on. Other than the prompts and character development activities are we still going to critique Paul's piece? And am I still due to bring in mine? I'm prepared for both, just lost track of what's up. Just let me know in any case.

    September 23, 2013

    • Rebecca

      Not sure. Contact Lisa on this since I wasn't at the last meeting. I think at this one I am going to sit back and learn before I engage. I'm really excited for both of you. Takes a lot of courage to put it out there. I hope both of you get the feedback you're looking for.

      September 23, 2013

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