- brakstri answered: Kill one.
- threecloveredmochi answered: Forcibly transform one onto a rock.
Once again, this will focus on actions rather than traits. In this one, however, you will provide causes to certain effects rather than effects to causes. It might take pretty extreme circumstances to get your character to do some of those things, but that doesn’t mean the questions are useless. It’s good to know your character’s limits.
What would cause your character to…
- physically attack somebody?
- insult someone?
- get drunk?
- betray a friend?
- commit murder?
- have sex?
- stop eating?
- stay up all night?
- run away?
- get plastic surgery?
- eat rotten food?
- tell somebody their life’s story?
- go naked in public?
- wear a silly hat?
- believe an obvious lie?
- become nervous?
- crack a lame joke?
- frame an innocent person for a crime?
- put a whoopee cushion under a seat?
- run a marathon?
- burn money?
- design a building?
- change religions?
- memorize a long passage?
- take on a new identity?
- paint a masterpiece?
- try harder than ever before at something?
- spit on something?
Literary Birthday - 25 September
Happy Birthday, William Faulkner, born 25 September 1897, died 6 July 1962
The Best 10 William Faulkner Quotes On Writing
- The best fiction is far more true than any journalism.
- If a story is in you, it has to come out.
- Facts and truth really don’t have much to do with each other.
- In writing, you must kill all your darlings.
- Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.
- The artist doesn’t have time to listen to the critics. The ones who want to be writers read the reviews, the ones who want to write don’t have the time to read reviews.
- A writer needs three things, experience, observation, and imagination, any two of which, at times any one of which, can supply the lack of the others.
- The writer’s only responsibility is to his art. He will be completely ruthless if he is a good one. He has a dream. Everything goes by the board: honor, pride, decency, security, happiness, all, to get the book written. If a writer has to rob his mother, he will not hesitate; the Ode on a Grecian Urn is worth any number of old ladies.
- My own experience has been that the tools I need for my trade are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whisky.
- Read, read, read. Read everything— trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out the window.
William Faulkner was an American writer and Nobel Prize laureate. Faulkner is one of the most important writers of Southern literature in the United States. He was awarded the 1949 Nobel Prize in Literature. A Fable (1954) and his last novel The Reivers (1962), won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
Love ya, Will. A Rose For Miss Emily is one of my favorites. :)
— Hemingway, when asked if there is one quality that a good writer needs. (via theadvancededit)
— Stephen King (via writersrelief)
Yes the blog is going into a heavy Character Development, Character Building and Character Creation Phase today it seems.
Character building is truly one of the most difficult pieces of writing. Some people can create characters as naturally as they inhale oxygen. Others can have the most articulate, fluid, and beautifully written text ever, but still make bland characters. For most people, however, we have to learn over the course of our writing careers how to gradually develop well-made characters. A big part of creating well developed characters is making them flawed. Despite how highly regarded you may hold a character or how much you love them; their greatest downfall will be in your inability to make them anything but perfect. This doesn’t mean giving them flaws that are flashy or flaws that do nothing but generate pity. It means giving them a flaw that under the right circumstances becomes genuinely self-destructive to them. Characters are modeled after human beings and that’s one of the obstacles all humans face: learning how to balance our flaws with our ability to control them.
— Vladimir Nabokov (via writersrelief)