Exercise 6: Déjà vu
From Brian Kiteley (Exercise #2)
Write a sketch in which a character experiences something that causes him to recall a startlingly similar past experience.
The last couple of character exercises I’ve done have been incredibly useful in crafting scenes for my current work-in-progress. In contrast, I couldn’t use this one to write a scene, but it was a great tool to create character backstory.
One of my non-POV characters had an experience before the events of the book that affects her interactions with everyone on the page. So though I won’t ever use the exercise I wrote, taking the time to work through her reactions and memories as she’s talking with other characters was invaluable to her development. I know her better now, and I’ll think about her differently as I write the rest of the book.
It’s not an easy one, but this exercise is definitely another winner!
This Week’s Summary
Character exercises galore! I ended up writing much more for my WIP than I’d originally intended – and as a result, I shifted my intention toward trying to find a way to turn the more specific exercises into prompts for scenes. Whether that worked or not, the series itself has been a great success for me. I’m writing consistently and making a lot of progress. I hope you all are enjoying it and are finding some great exercises of your own to try out!
Next week, on to settings!
From The How to Write Shop
Setting writing prompts.