When I took my first storytelling workshop, my writing teacher gave our class a simple and extremely useful character development exercise. I’d never thought of myself as a character, but the structure of narratives are the same whether they are truth or fiction.
Our Assignment: What does your character love? Hate? Always do. Be sure to say why. Bonus points for stuff that get her into trouble or show her getting in her own way.
1. To learn because she was born that way. She loves to read non-ficiton because she learns from it. She is curious. Like George, that infamous monkey.
2. Brian (aka husband) because he makes her laugh, is more generous than Santa Claus, loves her, calls her precious and still makes her feel that way after 25 years of marriage.
3. Champagne because it has bubbles, tastes yummy, is refreshing and goes with anything, is luxurious and celebratory.
4. Fruit especially blueberries, black raspberries, the strawberries like she had growing up, peaches, because they are sweet and bursting with flavor & it’s good for her. (Her real favorites are in seasons produce so today her favorites are Winter Kale and oranges.)
5. Music because it deepens or changes her emotions and brings her joy. Music is her muse.
6. Dancing because it feels good during, connects her to her body, her feminine self, her sisters and cuz she always feels so joyous and vibrant afterwards.
7. Travel because she gets to learn about other cultures, spend extra time with Brian and have an escape from regular life. And play and have fun.
8. Swimming, soaking because she loves how water feels on her skin. And rolling around in the sand!
9. Massage because she likes touch and how her body responds to body work.
10. Walking among redwoods because of the calm power and connection to nature and present moment.
1. Rude drivers because they are breaking the rules/laws and she can’t make them follow them.
2. Feeling tired because she doesn’t want to do anything and sometimes can’t think straight.
3. Being late because she feels stressed, keeps people waiting and it’s rude and inconsiderate.
4. Working at night because she gets to bed too late, doesn’t get to have dinner with Brian and ends up feeling tired and has a hard time working/focusing. (see #3 These explain why she quit her job.)
5. Stinky smells because they make her gag.
6. Harsh chemicals because they irritate her lungs.
7. Not being able to lose more weight, being stuck at the plateau because she doesn’t understand it, doesn’t know what else to do and cuz it keeps some pole our of her reach.
8. That she hasn’t used her kayak since moving into her house years ago, but hasn’t sold it either for fear of regret; they’re not made anymore.
9. That she has credit card debt again because it means she’s not earning enough (or spending too much).
10. Being allergic to animals cuz she can’t have a dog.
1. Looks for and sees the best in people/organizations (aka pink cloud perspective)
2. Goes to the farmer’s market to buy fresh fruits and veggies.
4. Feels more vibrant when she eats fruit and veggies, has frequent sex, spends time in nature. And dances.
5. Watches too much TV when she get too tired or stuck.
6. (used to) Complain that she has too much to do (pole dancing solved this)
7. Isolates when she feels depleted, sad, scared, sick…cuz she’s miss independent and doesn’t even know what to ask for… (Working on this one!)
This post is part of PDBloggers March Blog Hop: The Great Reveal.