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Friday, 17 February 2012

Topic Task - Week Sixteen

We are at week sixteen. I hope you've been inspired by some, if not all of these writing prompts. This week we are looking at characterisation. To help you I've decided to give you a basic start to developing a character.


1. Male and 14 years old.
2. Female and 23 years old.
3. Male and 49 years old.
4. Female and 75 years old.

Now you have to make them live. Think about how they might live, walk, speak. Are they happy, sad or don't give a damn? What might they do if they found themselves in a spot of bother? Would they help if they found someone in trouble, or would they walk away or worse film it on their mobile for posting on the internet?

Okay, you've created your characters. What are you going to do with them? I suggest you select one or two and write a short story that shows all their characteristics and how they interact with each other. And why not try to mix and match your characters to create different stories.

At the end of your endeavours have a look back at your work and ask yourself: Are these characters believable and could I sell this work? If the answer to these questions is yes, then send them out and see if you can get them published. Remember to use the Writers' and Artists' Year Book to help you.

So, off you go and get writing.

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