Focus on one character
In the first exercise ask each member to think of a character. To do this quickly it might help to think of a real person, who is unknown to the group.
In a maximum of five lines describe your character. Focus on attitudes, circumstances and personality rather than just appearance.
Write briefly about how your character would react in the following situations. You can describe how they would react or you can set the scene in a story in which they react to the scenario. (Maximum 400 words on each)
- they are robbed on holiday
- they turn up to a friends house for lunch and find the house locked up and the friend apparently out.
- Share and discuss the results of Task 1, in which the characters were described (do not share Task 2 at this stage).
- Members should make brief notes about each others characters, single-word memory aids will be sufficient as it is important to listen, not focus too much on writing.
Choose one of the characters described by someone else and write briefly about how that character would react to one the situations in Task 2
Each member to read out one of their descriptions or stories from Task 2, having established whether anyone has chosen their character and the same situation. Ask one by another member to read what they have written using the same character.
COMPARE AND CONTRAST. HOW WELL DID THE AUTHOR’S VERSIONS TALLY WITH ANOTHER PERSON’S AND WHAT DOES IT TELL US ABOUT HOW GOOD THE ORIGINAL DESCRIPTION WAS, OR WAS NOT?
To help you focus on one character you are going to write a short story which features only one person. The main character can refer to other people but they must not actually appear ‘on stage’ in the story. Your story can be 500 words or if the idea enthuses you it can be up to 1,500 words.