Tsk, tsk, tsk…
Only two (three, if you count the nearly finished Fairy Tale I received over email *coughMikecough*) of you finished the homework assignment. RebelliousFlaw’s rendition of the Spinning Wheel in the classic Sleeping Beauty certainly makes you feel bad for tossing all those spinning wheels in a room! And Alex took a completely different, but insightful look at how the atmosphere can affect a story… and he did it in Comic form! You both get A+’s for the week and my gratitude.
The rest of you… I know… I know… Election this, and snow that… and Halloween this…
So this week, we’re getting back to basics. Back to what this little creative journey started off with–Character creation.
Image originally from Borissov at DeviantART
Don’t think, don’t weave intricate tales, don’t try to be brilliantly insightful. Just tell me who this is. You tell me as much as your creative mind allows, or as little. Some people’s first instinct when looking at an image is a snowball effect of ideas and stories. Some need more guidance. At the very least, answer the following:
- What’s her name?
- What’s her favorite movie/book? (Does she even have one? Can she even read?)
- What is her favorite time of year?
- Is she allergic to anything?
- Has she ever been married?
- How many siblings does she have?
- What is her dream?
See? You don’t have to answer those specifically, but if you’re having trouble getting inside the heads of characters you’re writing into short stories (Or novels for NaNoWriMo), sometimes these mundane questions help.
No excuses this week, hmm?
Tags: Character Creation, Creative, Homework
Since you all were so great with the last one, I want to keep your creative juices flowing with another Character Creation exercise for this week’s homework assignment! Last week’s was pretty basic, but this week I’m adding some difficulty to the mix. I have faith, though. In fact, knowing the lot of you and your ability to turn phrases and be witty is what inspired this particular exercise. Gather and surmise:
This week’s assignment is not just a mere “What’s going on here?” exercise. Who are these men? What are they talking about? Whatever history you choose to include, only one thing is required: What bit of information is causing the look on the one man’s face?
Bonus points if you provide dialogue! Ready…. Go!
(Post your creations in the comments, or, if you so choose, on your own site! Just remember to put the links and/or and excerpt in the comments section here so everyone can be jealous of your brilliance…)
Tags: Character Creation, creativity, Homework