Day 45: Having Character ~ #wewrite

Having Character!

Why character is important! We make decisions about people based on their qualities and characteristics. We decide if they are people of great character or not! There are things of a person’s character that we appreciate and respect and qualities that we aren’t fond of.

What is it about our characters that make them special?

Who are they?

When we think about people we like and dislike, what is it about them?

What makes their story compelling?

What makes them characters that we come to love or hate?

What specific qualities do they possess?

As writers we have access to is real people and they are wonderful inspiration to develop our characters in order to make them real.

Writing Prompts:

(1) The qualities my character possesses are… these can be good or bad qualities. (20) minutes. Writer or character can respond.

(2) My characters are more like… which people can we draw on for inspiration from our personal lives… that we can give to the characters from our stories.… (20 minutes) – Writer or character can respond.

(3) My character will begin to question… (20 minutes) – Writer or character can respond.

Remove yourself from this exercise. Allow your characters to speak. Allow what wants to be written to find its landing on the page. Surrender to the process. Lean in and trust what wants to be expressed.

Set your timer for the time allotted. Do not lift the pen off of the page. Do not over think. Do not censor or self edit. You are writing from a stream of consciousness. Trust what wants to be written. If you get stuck begin the prompt again… GO!!!

There are things we fear as writers. Certain truths we rather keep hidden. Let’s go there!

The intention for these prompts is to help you flush out your story and look for the scenes you might want to write. Whether we are writing fiction or non-fiction there are moments (the great stories do this well) where we are called to feel things. Allow us to feel everything. Allow us to see everything. Bring us into this world.

BEGIN!Joining in on my writing challenge and writers commitment! Here are the TWO rules:

1. Check in for yesterdays writing each day:
How was yesterday? (post if you wrote, didn’t write, got stuck, need some support.)

Did you find it challenging to carve in the time to write? If we are honest with ourselves where could we have begun instead of doing…….. (Fill in the blank-leave your response in the comments). Yesterday is done. We are not beating ourselves up. Today we get to begin again.

2. WRITING COMMITMENT:

I AM committed to writing everyday!

I AM completely off FB or any form of social media until the days writing is done!

I WILL check in once a day everyday to share that I have met our goal!

If you are writing fiction or non-fiction, choose to write the prompt from whichever POV, or character you choose-i.e. 1st or third person. 

Writing Prompts: 

(1) The qualities my character possesses are… these can be good or bad qualities. (20) minutes. Writer or character can respond.

(2) My characters are more like… which people can we draw on for inspiration from our personal lives… that we can give to the characters from our stories.… (20 minutes) – Writer or character can respond.

(3) My character will begin to question… (20 minutes) – Writer or character can respond.

Check in later.

Happy writing!

NOTE TO READERS: I’m so grateful for this community. I’m currently raising money for the TENGO SED “I’m Thirsty” Writers retreat in Costa Rica, I am one of seven writers selected for this amazing opportunity. To make my goal I need to raise $100 everyday until my departure. Please consider donating and sharing my gofundme campaign. Please spread widely: gofund.me/tbdvdhw4

With love,

Alicia off FB, IG, Tumblr, WordPress – #WEWRITE

Copyright © 2015 by Alicia Anabel Santos

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