Ready to start NaNoWriMo 2014? Fleshing out characters for your novel-in-progress or novel-to-be? Today we offer another set of fun doodling prompts for character development from author and master doodler Lisa Currie, whose new book ME, YOU, US is just out from Perigee Books. You can download and print these exclusive prompts by clicking on the hyperlinked words in the text below. Share yours with us on social media!
In the first post, we established the power and popularity of doodling, identifying famous politicians, businessmen, and creative types who doodled, from George Washington to Bill Gates, Michelangelo to Larry David. More relevant to you, well-regarded authors throughout history have turned to doodling and scribble-thoughts to better imagine characters and give them more depth, outline story arc, and visualize settings and context.
For this week’s prompt, let’s keep it simple and focus on basic character development, in honor of NaNoWriMo 2014. Start with this prompt: an online profile for your protagonist. It doesn’t have to be romance-seeking, but rather what your protagonist wants to world to notice, and like about him or her. It’s a great way for you to get to know your protagonist a little better. Even something so simple as choosing a faux Twitter handle can reveal character. What photo or avatar would your protagonist choose? A photo that’s uber-flattering but seven years out of date is pretty telling. What sorts of updates would we see on a Facebook-like page? How would that profile description change from the beginning and end of your story?
Download fresh copies to fill out for other characters if you choose. As you work on your manuscript, you may want to keep coming back to this one to identify your characters’ changing and deepening goals, outward projections, and social self.
Lisa Currie is the author of The Scribble Diary; Me, You, Us; and the forthcoming The Positivity Kit. Me, You, Us was one of the books in the Creativity Kit Sweepstakes in September. She created and adapted these prompts from her books for writers to use, exclusively for Book Country. Learn more about Lisa and her books by following her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.