Weekly Writing Challenge: Characters
For some of us, blogging is personal. Others are trying to educate or entertain; many more are hybrids. Yet we’re all storytellers. Creative Writing Challenges help you to push your writing boundaries, show off your blogging chops, and, hopefully, spark more post ideas.
To participate, tag your post with DPchallenge or leave a link to it in the comments. (It would also be great if you could link to this post to encourage people to take part – the more the merrier!) Your post should be specifically written in response to this challenge. We’ll keep an eye on the tag and highlight some of our favorite posts on Freshly Pressed on Friday.
As the saying goes, no man person is an island. From your closest friend who makes you laugh uncontrollably, to your favorite aunt who’s quirkiness is only surpassed by her zany sense of humor: our lives are filled with characters. For writers, interactions with the characters in our lives often crosses over into our work, influencing a fictional character’s personality or inspiring a dialogue that’s been translated from real life to the (virtual) page.
In writing, building a realistic portrayal is hard work. Beyond giving someone a name and describing their appearance, we use our words capture the small details that define a person, whether it’s the way they furrow their brow when they’re angry or rub their hands together when they’re nervous.
This week’s writing challenge: Tell us about a character in your life. It could be your best friend, your partner, your child, or even your third grade teacher. With as much detail as possible, make this person real for us. Tell us more than what they look like or how you met. Let us know what their laugh sounds like, or that oddball quirk that makes this person so unique.
Need some ideas to get started?
- Do a character sketch, drafting up a detailed list of their special characteristics and traits.
- Tell us about a specific memory you have of this person that highlights their personality and the singular way they approach life.
- Write a post from their perspective, matching your narrative voice so that it sounds just like them when we read it.
The goal is to make this character of yours as real as possible for your readers, as if we had known them all along ourselves. Each character in your life is unique, and we want to see their individuality shine through.