#WriteFridays Number … Something … Writing Exercise

It’s been a while since I posted a writing exercise or prompt, but I’m feeling inspired. I sat down with one of the ladies from my writing group, who mentioned that she was having a hard time coming up with a certain part of the plot of a short piece she was working on. She just couldn’t think of what to have the character do, or what part of the plot to develop. I looked around and found a few exercises that might help, but this lady in particular had responded well to a timed exercise previously, so I wanted to add in a personal touch.

So, here is a writing exercise if you are trying to sketch your way through some writers’ block. It may also be a good technique if you are doing some pre-writing and outlining. Hope it helps!

WriteFriday Exercise: Character vs Plot

Character/Plot Exercise

Instructions: Print out or fill in on the document. Before you start, read through the questions to start them percolating. When you have reflected on the character and the questions, start a timer. Give yourself 15 minutes per section for 1-3 with a 1-2 minute rest in between (shorter or longer if necessary.) Once you are done, sketch down a few notes for Section 4. If you start to feel inspired, get back to your story!

Section 1: What is the BEST thing that could happen to your character…

This year?

This month?

This week?

Today?

Right now?

Ever?

Section 2: What is the WORST thing that could happen to your character…

This year?

This month?

This week?

Today?

Right now?

Ever?

Section 3:

What does your character fear most?

Who/what does your character love most?

What does your character hope for?

What does your character need RIGHT NOW?

Section 4:

Take a look at the section you are stuck on. Which of the above make the most sense to use in order to heighten a sense of conflict and let the reader know WHAT’S AT STAKE? Push the intensity as far as you can. And—go!

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