Over the past weeks I've emphasised the need for some deep thinking where characters are concerned, on the level of what makes them tick, not what they look like.
This week I'm offering the same exercise I offered to my long-ago writing group. Some interesting possibilities, and some fascinating fiction, came from it, so give it a go and see what you come up with:
- list people by occupation you are liable to see on the street
- choose one
- sketch in a few details about this person (who, what, where, when, how, why)
- this person is approached - who approaches and why?
- how does this change the person's life? This is your story.
If you want to see this in action, it is one of the short stories dissected in Reading A Writer's Mind...
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