Writing Prompt: Exercise of Character Not all writing prompts can be formulaic. As a writer, I am a creative person, and it is because I was using a formula for writing prompts simply to help make production faster that I got burnt out, and…
This is a play on the Celctic Cross spread, looking at the spirual growth of your MC as a result of mastering the 2 worlds.
It’s up to you to decide when you give the reader this information, but I would advise against introducing Bob who’s family life was rocky, but it spurred him to the cold career of a prison guard, which kept him from seeking any permanent romance in his life—as soon as Bob walks into the room for the first time. These details can be drawn out and dotted throughout the story.
So here is a spread that gives you the basic outline for a backstory. One of the areas has to do with a professional life. If you’re dealing with a young character who might not have experienced a professional life, this can be interchanged with a social life, education, etc. Likewise, if you’re dealing with an older character and you want to include a social and/or education experience, all you have to do is add rows to the spread.
The Sidekick is the one who helps your main character along, helps to keep them going when no one else can. They are essential to helping the MC complete the goal of the plot.
The nice thing about this spread is that it is very easily adaptable to be three scenes if you need, or even a beginning, middle and end. You can cut out columns if you need, or change the name to suit something more specific. Dealer’s choice.
We are also reflected in the people we interact with and how we interact with them. Our own personal character can be observed externally if one pays close enough attention. It’s like that saying of you know the truth of a person by how they treat their servers.
This is an opportunity do really bring depth to your protagonist and your antagonist. If they are completely at odds with one another, then their goals should be at odds. If they’re similar, then it gives the opportunity for conflict within their opposition of each other. Meta conflict, if you will.
This is just a quick post for all you writers our there struggling with your character development. I found this fantastic post by Amanda Patterson on Tumbler who shares a layout to get to know your hero. This is the layout she supplies, so I…