Writing Prompt 1/24/13

Make a list of everything you actually do when you can’t sleep.
Make a list of everything you actually could do when you can’t sleep.
Make a list of everything you would never do when you can’t sleep.

Think about these lists when you are creating characters. My guess is that some of your characters suffer from insomnia.

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Writing Prompt 1/19/13

Think about some of your “favorite” pet peeves. Ask some friends if they have other pet peeves they are willing to tell you.

Write a list of several of them.

Pick one or two and start to frame a character (not yourself) around them. For example, a business executive who really dislikes lukewarm food. Or a movie producer who can’t stand when his son wears his shirt inside out. The sky is the limit here.

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Writing Prompt 1/17/13

Make a list of some really yummy foods that you like to eat. Assign those dishes/snacks to characters in a story or poem as part of their personality. Outline a few reasons why this character eats this or that. EG: the bland diet fits the person with poor digestion, eaten out of physiological necessity, but the character has always been kind of boring, one never to make decisions in relationships, or never to take vacations.

Play with it, and eat up!

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