One of the fun parts of writing is experimenting with characters and their myriad choices. A character can be anywhere, do anything, and has millions of options in what they do and how they act. As their creator, you are given total control over what they do, when they do it, and the consequences of those actions.
In keeping with the spirit of this concept, I thought we’d have some fun using one of your fictional characters.
Let’s get started!
Choose a fictional character you have created. It should be one you have used in a story before or have fleshed out enough to use in a future story.
The Best of Times
Using your chosen character, how would they react in the following scenarios (you can write a paragraph or a 500-word story for each but from the POV of the character):
- Winning the Lottery
- Buying a New Home
- Having a Baby
- Completing a Passion Project
- Taking a Dream Vacation
- Buying Their Dream Car
The Worst of Times
- Getting a Divorce/Breakup
- Arrested for a Crime They Didn’t Commit
- Jury Duty
- Getting Evicted
- Ending Up Homeless
- Overcome By Addiction
- Car Accident
- Natural Disaster/Animal Attack
Making a Change
Pick one from each category and expand upon it. How can the good or bad situation help your character grow and change? How might they overcome a negative situation or how could a good situation turn bad?
What’s the Point?
Characters are usually explored through the prism of the story they are a part of. By expanding their worldview and the situations they find themselves in, you, as the writer, can create more well-rounded and dimensional characters.
Happy Writing, and I’ll see you next time!