This month the prompts are all about getting started and what better way for a writer to start than by creating a character? All fiction is made up of characters and those who appeal to readers tend to be the ones that readily come to life in a reader’s head.
But how do you start to create a new character? Some like JK Rowling, claim they appear fully formed in their head with little need to plan anything beyond the starting point of the story. Other’s like to draw them out, creating a full description and history before deciding how a plot will develop.
Usually, the aim of a word square is to choose at least one word from each column and weave them into a piece of writing. Today though I’d like you to use the word square as a prompt for the description of a character. Pick one word from each column and describe what it means in the context of the person you’re creating. The words are simple but how you interpret them is entirely up to you. In fact, your character doesn’t even have to be human!
Please feel free to share your effort below, you will get feedback if you want it. Alternatively, you can add it to your own website if you have one and then provide a link in the comments for the rest of us to visit.
My effort can be read below, I have marked the words with bold type:
Long-legged and morose but cute in a flowery scarf sort of way. He’s in constant motion, talking with his body, telling the world what he thinks through appendages that flip and flap, this way and that!
(For completeness, the words I chose to interpret were Tall, Sad, Pink and Hands!)
Now it’s your turn. Why not use the comment area below to share your new character?