Participating in NaNoWriMo 2014? 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!
This is the third installment of doodling prompts for writers, adapted from my books, ME, YOU, US and THE SCRIBBLE DIARY. Both are excellent tools for writer’s groups, and a fun yet productive break from laboring over the story page. In the first doodle prompt installment post, we established the power and popularity of doodling, identifying famous politicians, businessmen, authors, and creative types who doodled. If you click on the link, you’ll be able to download four doodle prompts that you can use to start fleshing out your character(s). In the second installment, it was a more in-depth online profile prompt.
Today, we’ll use doodle prompts to identify plot points and conflict, both internal and external, as it pertains to your protagonist. Download, and use the form twice, once to identify the external things that are in your character’s way of their goal, and the second one to identify those internal obstacles. For example, external obstacles can be things an antagonist is doing, or they can be physical things (prison, illness, a locked door), a missing piece of information, a rival, etc. For the internal prompt, this is where you’ll have to delve into character development again. What fears, childhood trauma, or bad habits might your character have to move past to in order to succeed? In this prompt you may want to show the relative size of the obstacles in your doodle.
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.