Make Your Characters Talk to You Again
Ever have one of those days?
As writers, you know the kind. The ones where the “gel” of the story just won’t come together and our characters won’t “stand out” on the page?
We all have, trust me, and I wanted to share a tip (a writing exercise, if you will) that helps your characters start talking and showing their motivations again.
Put them in jail. Literally. Write a basic scene with your characters stuck in jail for something they did not do. Then have fun with it.
Does one of them pull out a nail file and begin trying to saw through the jail bars, utterly insulted they are in a jail cell in the first place? Does one of them simply shrug and then take a well-needed nap? Perhaps a few of them start cooperating, developing plans to burrow a tunnel to freedom?
There are endless possibilities, and being in jail may or may not work as part of your actual manuscript, but I’ll tell you one thing. Your characters won’t be silent anymore. You might even see how each one reacts; gain an insight into their motivation that you never knew was there before.
Every time I was stuck, this exercise has worked. The writing is meant to be an exercise, so don’t focus on getting every word right and polished; focus on learning more about your characters. Let creativity and spontaneity flow.
Elaine Calloway writes paranormal/fantasy tales about Elementals, Fallen Angels, Ghosts, and everything in between. When she is not putting her characters in jail, she is busy finishing The Elemental Clan Series, a good vs. evil series featuring Elementals fighting to save humanity from Fallen Angels, who wish to reap every soul in their path.
Originally from New Orleans, Elaine grew up with a love of all things paranormal and can still do a Cajun accent upon request. Connect with her online at http://www.elainecalloway.com. Follow Elaine on Twitter, Follow Elaine on Facebook.