- Every person has many facets to his or her character. A good fictional character also is multi-faceted. In order for you to consider all the facets of your characters, write a description of a character as if you were a character witness testifying in defense of this person. Then write a description of the same character as if you were a character witness called by the prosecution. Remember, both parties are discussing the same character, so the characteristics discussed have to be consistent.
- Give each of the following characters an external marker that would best convey the emotion in the situation described:
- Lisa confidently addresses a gathering of stockholders.
- Tom nervously passes the minutes before performing surgery.
- Eric waits at a restaurant to give the woman he loves some bad news.
- Select three secondary characters from a story idea you’ve been considering. Give each one an identifying characteristic that would make him or her stand out in a story.
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