In today’s Writing Room, the focus is on character.
Pick a secondary character from your work in progress
Write down five things that have happened in their lives that have been significant. Be as specific as you can. Once you’re done, expand on the event that you are most drawn to. You can use a character in your favourite book if you’d prefer. When expanding on this event, also note down how this has impacted on your plot.
For example, in my work in progress, there is a character named Maggie. She’s the mother of my main character, Carrie.
Significant event – husband left her with two children.
Maggie fell in love with Jack and married him when she was seventeen. Within the year, she was pregnant but when she found out that he hadn’t been honest with her, she lost the baby.
He went AWOL for a while after that. When he did come back, she did have a daughter. She found Jack in bed with another woman on the same day that she brought the baby home. Jack was supposed to come and get her but she ended up taking the bus with a new baby because he was elsewhere.
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