Writing A Novel – Characteristics of People I Like
An essential part of a good story is being able to add good qualities and flavor into the lives of your characters. You want to create empathy between them and your readers. Even your antagonist needs to have a soft spot so your readers/viewers can relate to him/her in some way. It just makes for a better story.
And so today we continue on with our self-study exploration questions that hopefully will help make it much easier to come up with good things about your characters based on this series of exercises.
The good thing about these exercises is that they also can be helpful and beneficial to someone who just wants to learn a little more about themselves.
Last week we began this series and did some exercises. Saturday’s was to get a stack of 3 x 5 notecards and write about things you like. Yesterday’s was things you do NOT like.
Today we’re going to analyze that a little deeper.
To do the exercise, just fill out the top of a card with a heading, in the case of today’s exercise–Characteristics of people who I have liked–and then number the card in the top right corner. I also like to add the date somewhere so that two or three years from now when I come back to these, I’ll have a better frame of reference as to what was going through my head now versus then. When you fill up a card, start a second, third … as many as it takes.
Remember, there are no right or wrong answers.
And if you’re doing these exercises for the benefit of your future characters, think about exposition you will do and even dialogue you will write where this will add an extra dimension to your characters.
Okay, so here’s today’s exercise.
What are characteristics of people I do like? Is it just superficial as in the way they dress, or look or can you probe deeper and really see somethings. Are they like how you want to be seen? Are they how you are seen? What do they do you do not? What do they do that’s similar? Keep probing, there’s a lot of good that can come from this.