Character, Plot, Setting Development

Daily Prompt

WN #17: “Remember to buy boxes and tape.” ~The Sarcastic Scribe

Incorporate your peer’s six-word story into your own piece of writing.

Write for five minutes.

Don’t forget!  Cromaine Library is having an annual writing contest.  Consider submitting.  The deadline is next Monday!

For today and Thursday, I’m providing you with three different writing activities.  Try one, two, or all three.  They are all designed to help you write with more detail and precision.

Activity #1: Character development

  • Flip to a new page and write the name of a fictional character at the top, a character you have already created.
  • Now, create a character dossier.  Get to know your character as well as you can.   Then, use this information, add it to a piece you have already written with this character, or consider writing a new piece with the character.
  • To be a truly descriptive writer, you need to know your characters deeply.  This is an exercise that can help you do that.  You may be surprised what you learn about your characters.

Activity #2: Plot development

  • There is a concept called the Hero’s Journey.  The concept is that all stories have 12 stages.  It’s a more elaborate version of the “mountain” plot line you’ve all seen.
  • Take a story you have already written or an idea you have and see if it contains all of the 12 stages.  If not, what could you add to make your plot richer and more complex?

Activity #3: Setting development

  • Select one setting for a piece you have already written (look back through your old daily prompts for inspiration).
  • Make a five senses chart (see, hear, feel, smell, touch) and fill it out, being sure to have at least a few items for each sense.
  • Next, take these descriptions and write a vivid paragraph describing the setting.  Consider whose point of view you want to tell it from (is it you, an omniscent narrator, a character?).  Do you want to use first, second, or third person point of view?
  • Another interesting activity that develops both character and setting would be two have two different characters describe the same setting.

As you write, I will continue conferencing.

Happy writing!

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