Now it’s time to create a playmate for your main character – someone they can bounce off, creating conflict, tension and a fertile ground for growing stories.
First, I must apologise for not posting this writing prompt last week. I completely forgot, due to work and then a weekend of parties taking over. Now, let’s get down to it.
This week’s writing prompt follows on from one I did earlier, called Creating Memorable Characters. So, if you haven’t seen that prompt, this one won’t make much sense. I suggest you read it here and join us later.
If you did the first writing prompt, you should have a character outline, created as an online dating form. You should also have four adjectives, describing your character. Ideally, they should all be different and may even cause internal conflict in your character. Now it’s time to create a playmate for your main character – someone they can bounce off, creating conflict, tension and a fertile ground for growing stories. So without much further ado…
Your writing prompt: Take the four adjectives for your protagonist and now create another character by flipping those words. For instance, if your character is proud, the new character might be humble. Once you have four words with the opposite meanings of your original adjectives, start to create that character. What sort of person are they, in comparison to your first character? And finally, create a scenario using these two characters. Is person 2 a side-kick or a nemesis? You should have two characters with a natural chemistry – now go write a story or create a world or setting that puts them further into conflict.
Secret hint: make sure your adjectives are the strongest they can be and as different from each other as possible. So don’t have sad and depressed, instead umbrella them under melancholy.