I took a much needed break in order to finish a couple writing projects. I was also overwhelmed by the increased demands placed on the mother of a new middle-schooler. Dag! Am I smarter than a 6th grader?
I’m celebrating my return to blogging with a response to WRITING PROMPT #59 found in THE WRITER magazine. The instructions are to use the letters in your character’s name; find a word or phrase for each letter that relates to or describes his/her personality. The goal is to keep going until you find something new about your character(s).
I’m going to modify this prompt just a bit and use the names of the hero and heroine of my soon-to-be-first-novel, KAOS. When we first meet Micah and Ima, we find them on opposite ends of the law but circumstances soon require that they join forces in order to stop a larger foe. Needless to say, fireworks stop popping up all over the place.
The descriptions in this first set of acrostics reflect Micah and Ima’s first impression of the other.
M – macho, morose I – inaccessible, impulsive
I – insufferable, intense M – mysterious, mercurial, missing
C – cynical, complex A – aggravating, abrasive
A – arbitrary, annoying
H – harsh, hurt
Now, we see how their impressions change after they’ve had an opportunity to get to know each other.
M – musical, multidimensional I – incandescent, idealistic
I – indefatigable, insatiable M – magenta, magical
C – charming, compelling, cerebral A – audacious, adventurous
A – altruistic, authentic, akin
H – honest, helluva man
Have you used this exercise before, or something similar? How do you build characters in your own work?
I would love to hear from you. Until then,