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Characters, in Reverse:

A great way to figure out what something is, is to define what it is not. 

The Challenge: Write a quick (or long, if it ends up being fun/plot relevant) scene in which a character of yours is NOT acting like themselves. Try to write the opposite of their usual personality as well as you can, taking note of the flip side of what makes them just notthem. 

Maybe they’re sick, or they’ve swapped bodies, or it’s a doppelgänger and not the original person at all. Maybe this -is- a side of the character, that only comes out under certain situations, or else this is a bizarre dream-like scenario that the public will never see when you are published, and is going to be the guideline of how to never write that character like that again. 

Either way, what you write should feel totally wrong for this person’s normal behavior. The other characters should be confused, you should feel weird, if you send it to a friend who reads your work and they chuck it against the wall and start yelling, you’ve done it right. 

After you’ve written something sufficiently wrong, take a break, and then analyze what exactly made it wrong. Then, excise the evil twin’s voice from your head however you need to, and use your new experience of what made them wrong to get a better picture of what makes them right.

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