Creative Writing 101

We know something about the characters, who they are, what they want, what they will do to get it. At this point we need to be thinking about what we are trying to say. What message do you want to give the world? What is the dramatic question that reading this story will answer for your audience? When you know those answers, you will find more guided in every aspect of writing your story. You will make better decisions about language, settings, character behavior, and the characters’ experiences.


Sit quietly in a chair and allow yourself to relax. Imagine that you have spent the day by yourself and you are feeling a bit lonely. It’s been a long day with a lot of work, but not much human interaction. Just as you are deciding whether to call someone or go out, there is a knock at the door. You answer the door and standing outside is the person you would most like to spend the rest of the evening with. This person has a secret no one else knows with personal details from his/her life that he or she desperately needs to tell someone.

  • Who is there—a man or a woman?
  • What does this person look like?
  • How is this person dressed?
  • What is the secret this person wants to get off her/his chest?

These creative exercises came from the course Creative Writing 101

You will learn:

  • How character relates to plot, setting, and voice
  • How to develop complex and intriguing characters
  • How to use figurative language and physical description to convey emotion
  • How to write compelling, believable dialogue
  • The types of point of view in fiction

Learn More About Creating Characters in Creative Writing 101!

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