4. Creating Human Characters
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Don't Try This at Home!
Or, rather, do.
1. Write a scene—just a page or two—that portrays an apparently bland and unremarkable character. But have in mind one surprising character trait—a strength, or a weakness, or just an odd quirk—and find a way to reveal that trait through action or conversation.
2. Write a character distinctly different from yourself.
Start by making some descriptive notes to help yourself get a sense of the character. Then write a scene in which the qualities you have chosen become important. (For example, if you're under 21, write a scene about a parent talking to someone your own age—but write it from the parent's point of view!)
Finished? Get some feedback on it. Show it to someone who can tell you whether it seems realistic (in the example above, you might show it to someone who is a parent—your own or someone else's).
3. Choose two characters from the following list, or make up two of your own:
Finished? Get some feedback on it from a trusted reader.
4. Try the last exercise again, but this time give one or both characters an unusual or superhuman power. How does this affect the growing relationship?
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