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This is what I often do when creating characters. It's not new, but maybe it'll be useful to someone.

pick a photo of someone and create a character by slowly building on the detailsCollapse )
This one I've pilfered from the book Now Write edited by Sherry Ellis and this particular exercise is written by Rachel Basch.

How do we move from the idea of character - the superficials, the resume, the outline - to the creation of a person as palpable and animate as we are? Stuff. We look at their stuff. We paw through their pockets and rifle through their drawers.

Exercise under the cutCollapse )

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Hi, you've stumbled on a community that is all about Writing Exercises. The aim is to gather as many writing exercises as possible into one place to act a useful resource for writers.

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