Characterization Exercises

  1. “Interview” your character to gauge attitude. Pretend he or she is sitting across from you. Ask, “What do you think about life?” Then take down a monologue, as quickly as it pours out of your imagination, expounding in the character’s voice what the answer is.
  2. Watch the evening news for five nights. Each night pretend you are a completely different character. Write or record your verbal reactions as that character. (Note: improvisation, a skill taught in acting classes, is a great way for writers to explore characterization).

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