Your Fifth Writing Prompt
Lesson 67 Chapter 7 Module 6
Hope you enjoyed your first week of full-out storytelling and narrative blocks, not just foundation and learning.
The past week of lessons has focused on Characters and Heroes, and some of the things you might not regularly think about when you are writing them.
When most people start creating their characters they focus on the descriptions and demographics.
What does the person look like?
What do they do?
How do they spend their time?
Where do they live/work/exist?
Who are they related to?
And. All. The. Questions. Like. This.
Then you jump in to start writing, and you realize that you don’t really know what the character is supposed to do.
How would they approach different situations?
What wakes them up in a cold sweat in the dead of night?
What do they take in their coffee?
Do they even drink coffee?
Are they more about the tea?
Is it because their grandmother was British, and she used to watch them after school because their parents were working four jobs between them to put the main character in a private school for gifted geniuses; so afternoon tea was a quintessential part of their childhood and thus they have a sense for manners and tradition and a soul that connects better with people older than them?
See what I did there?
How far we were able to tumble down the rabbithole, and learn not only about our main character’s backstory, but how it applies to their current story? How it might affect the way they interact with the people around them? What it might change about the way they conduct themselves? What some of their greatest strengths and flaws might be?
All from one little story about afternoon biscuits and Tetley.
This is why spending some quality time with the characters in your writing is important.
Whether it is the characters in your novel or the example you use in your blog post, the more real you make them, the more readers will connect and engage with what you are doing.
You’ll find your fifth writing prompt below, and it also digs in on some different types of characters you might not have considered in your writing exercises to date (especially if you are a business or non-fiction writer.)
Spend some time creating characters that people will want to read about.
Your Fifth Writing Prompt
Stop to think about 12 different characters and heroes in projects, writing, business, or brand.
If you are writing fiction, consider all the main characters, supporting characters, and random folks in the cafe in that one scene (if you are struggling to get 12 characters listed.)
If you are writing non-fiction (especially for your business and brand), consider people in your organization, your products and services, mascots or internal avatars, and people in your industry or niche.
Write out a quick bullet list, with their name or title, and a brief premise (description) for each.
Consider some of their demographics. How do they feel, or how do they make others feel? What kind of effect do they have on others? What kind of effect do others have on them? How do they fit into your overall story? What purpose do they serve?
After, shift gears a bit. Do a deeper dive on your Ideal Customer/Reader. Who are you selling your writing to? Really crawl up inside their head and get to be their best friend (or at least frenemy.)
If you are looking for feedback on your Ideal Customer/Reader, some outside opinions to any blind spots you might have, consider sharing in the Close the Gap Facebook group. Everyone else is working to improve their writing and craft, it’s pretty much a judgement free zone.