Tuesday, 29 December 2009

The Twelve Exercises of Christmas: 5

Choose a character - this could be someone from a WIP or a completely new character. Write down a few basic details eg name, age, sex and some background info such as where they live.

Now, write a scene where your character is getting dressed to go for a job interview, but before you start, think through a few questions...
what is the job?
are they currently employed?
are they qualified for this job?
how do they feel about this job?
are they likely to get this job?
what clothes do they wear normally?
are they choosing different things for this job interview?
When you've thought through the questions, write the scene. Your task is to convey as much information as you can through their choice of clothing and their manner when getting dressed.

It's said that people make up their minds about strangers within three seconds of seeing them. This exercise should make you think about how you present your characters to the reader.

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