Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Let's do an exercise...

Okay, we're going to have a little interactive exercise here at The Meltink Pot. A few months ago, I told you about an exercise done at the Mary Buckham workshop. Basically, we were all asked to list three characteristics of a character on a sheet of paper. That sheet of paper was then given to a random person in the group. They would list things about what that word meant to them as to what that person might be like.

If someone wrote 'silent' - the response might be thoughtful or emotionally distant.

Another example: impatient -- could mean decisive or acts on impulse

We were asked to think of each word as both a strength for that character, as well as a weakness. So I'm going to give my fellow Meltink Potter and any readers out there a couple key words that I think are representative of main characters in a WIP. I'll ask you to tell me to give me responses on what those traits could mean about the characters. I'm not going to tell you anything else about the characters, not even gender.

Character 1:
easy going

Character 2:
risk taker


Sheila said...

Sorry it took me so long to get back to you on this. Anyway, here are my responses:

Character 1:
easy going: This character is laid-back, friendly, not high-maintenance. The kind of person you'd like to have along on a road trip, or as a roommate.
punctual: A little uptight, perhaps, or at the very least, eager. Might be impatient with those of us who are less punctual.
shy: Retiring, quiet, hesitant to speak in front of others, especially if they are strangers. Might be less-inclined to make eye contact, especially with members of the opposite gender.

Character 2:
risk taker: Bold, brash, possibly reckless. Someone who doesn't have a lot to lose, perhaps.
impulsive: Unpredictable; possibly a little selfish in doing things on the spur of the moment to please him/herself.
loyal: Steadfast, dependable, trustworthy. Someone who will be there for you no matter what.

Did that help?