Day 50: Developing Characters ~ #wewrite

I am obsessed with character development. My favorite books have characters I am cheering for, Clara in House of Spirits, Santiago in The Alchemist. My goal is to create a world with amazing characters that we love learning about and journeying with.

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I am writing a world with characters that mean the world to me. My characters are complex, they have become people I care about. These characters are people who inspire me and some infuriate me. Their stories are incredibly important to me.

The character that is screaming in my ear today is a woman who I admire deeply. She has done so much for me. She has been a warrior in my life. She is a blessing and has guided me for many years.

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Today as I develop this character I will tap into some of the things that she has done for me and use that in the world I am creating.

“People notice what’s important to them. What’s important to your protagonist? Both in general and in that scene.” 

— Janice Hardy, quote from 5 Ways to Bring Your Descriptions to Life

Writing Prompts:

(1) The qualities I admire about her… (20) minutes. Writer or character can respond.

(2) Her story is about… (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

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.


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.


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 I admire about her… (20) minutes. Writer or character can respond.

(2) Her story is about… (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 $103 everyday until my departure. I
have ten days left. Please consider donating and sharing my gofundme
campaign. Please spread widely:

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

Copyright © 2015 by Alicia Anabel Santos


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