for writers and readers….
I love the random nature of this exercise.
Most of the time it is just writing practice, exploring how to reveal emotion and develop character, but it is a bit like buying a lottery ticket. You can get lucky and something really interesting turns up.
Pick two numbers between 1 & 14 before reading on – it’s more fun if you don’t peek.
Write a scene between your character and someone he or she comes into contact with in the ordinary course of events, so if it was a GP the other person could be a patient or fellow doctor, for a teacher a student, a vampire a victim.
The scene needs to show the attribute the character has. Don’t say the ghost is timid. Find a way of allowing the reader to figure it out for themselves – just as we do in real life. People don’t walk into a meeting or pop in for tea with nervous newcomer tattooed on their forehead, we make that judgement as we assess what they say and how they say it. We look at their behaviour and how they interact with others…Let readers get to know your character in the same way
Column A Column B
1 Paranoid 1 Comedian
2 Suicidal 2 Rabbi or Vicar or Priest or Imam
3 Self-Conscious 3 Police Officer
4 Timid 4 Samaritan Volunteer
5 Boastful 5 GP
6 Boring 6 Ghost
7 Talkative 7 Pick pocket
8 Exuberant 8 Vampire
9 Irritable 9 Politician
10 Talentless 10 Shop assistant
11 Tight-fisted 11 Pop Star
12 Smug 12 Drug dealer
13 Anxious 13 Lottery winner
14 Fawning 14 Teacher