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Let's make up fun characters, shall we? Since it's Monday morning, I'll give you the chance to think on your own, but I'll also give you options to choose blindly in case your brain isn't quite awake yet :)
Here's what to do:
1. Choose a name you like, male or female, any kind of name, e.g. Harper, Frisky, Stinky Pete.
Too broad, too vague, too wide open for this hour on Monday morning? I'll give you a list to choose from :) Pick a number from 1-10 (no peeking!) and use the name you get.
2. Pick 4 descriptive traits, e.g. cautious, hopeful, athletic, smart
Again, if you need choices, I'll give you some. Pick 4 letters from A to Z (no peeking) and use the traits you get.
A= argumentative B= bold C= curious D= desperate E= eager F= feisty G= grateful H= home-loving I= impatient J= joyful K= kind L= lazy M= mean N= nosy O= opinionated P= passionate Q= quiet R= rambunctious S= serious T= tired U= unimaginative V= vacillating W= worried X= extra (I know that doesn't really begin with x!) Y= yellow Z= zippy
3. Pick one: only child or sibling of. If you choose sibling of, list names of siblings.
example: only child
example: sibling of Howard, Henry and Hugo
4. Pick two things your character loves, e.g. elephants and birthday cake
Need help? Let's go with the letters again, that was fun :) Pick 2 letters from A-Z and use the things you get.
A= apples B=bears C= cacti D= dinosaurs E= easter eggs F= flowers G= giants H= hotdogs I= ice cream J= jumping rope K= kite-flying L= licorice M= mountains N= nighttime O= ocean P= pumpkins Q= quilts R= racing S= snow T= traveling U= umbrellas V= violin W= white-water rafting X= extra helpings (yeah, I know that doesn't really start with x either :)) Y= yodeling Z= zip-lining
5. Pick something your character fears, e.g. spiders
Can't think of anything? Choose a number from 1- 20 and go with what you get.
1= the dark 2= snakes 3= the dentist 4= being alone 5= getting a haircut 6= going to school 7= having a babysitter 8= losing a tooth 9= falling off a bike 10= heights 11= going on an airplane 12= going to sleep-away camp 13= swimming 14= ghosts 15= thunderstorms 16= loud noises 17= big dogs 18= talking to new people 19= bad dreams 20= monsters
6. Pick something your character wants, e.g. to learn to ride a bike
Need inspiration? Choose a number from 1-20 - you know the drill :)
1= a pet 2= to go to the moon 3= to be famous 4= to be in the school play 5= a brother or sister 6= to stay up later 7= to be independent 8= to be brave 9= to have a best friend 10= to go to the circus 11= to get allowance 12= to go camping 13= to bake a cake 14= to be good at something 15= to be popular 16= to lose a tooth 17= to be first 18= to feel important 19= to be listened to/recognized 20= to get a job
Now. Put your character all together in the comments like this:
short, loyal, adventurous, brave
sibling of Pete
lover of horses and going fast
who fears being invisible
and wants a pony of her own
If you want, write the opening of a story about your character, for example:
Sometimes Jemima was a little too brave for her own good. Like the time Pete dared her to climb to the top of the apple tree... and she ended up with her arm in a cast for 6 weeks.
The idea here is that, with lots of participants, we'll generate a great list of possible characters, any of which might spark a story idea for anyone! The same character might spark 10 different stories in 10 people! Have fun with it - it should be a pretty quick exercise - and feel free to do more than one! :)
I hope we'll get lots of good ideas percolating this morning! Have a lovely day, everyone, and Happy Rosh Hashanah to those who are celebrating! :)
That was fun! Here's what I got:ReplyDelete
Joyful, impatient, nosy, extra
Lover of apple and zip-lining
Who ears big dogs
And wants to bake a cake
Becca's impatience when she tried to bake an apple cake while alone at home one day ends in disaster when she nearly burns the house down.
J.C.! SO fun that you tried one out! I love it - what a fun one! Thanks for joining in the shenanigans around here :)ReplyDelete
Running short on time this morning so not able to participate, but I had to mention that I'm glad you are keeping the Short and Sweet running. On the mornings that I have the extra few minutes, it is fun to let my brain play around a bit and the short sweets are a good way to do that.ReplyDelete
Cool! I'll be back after school! :)ReplyDelete
Clumsy, klutzy, kind, curious
twin with Charles
lover of gerbils and gingerbread
who fears friendship
and wants to learn the piano
May be back later for the beginning of the story!
I'm so happy to see S&S here today! On Friday, look for a shout-out on my blog. :)ReplyDelete
This is what I got:
stingy, mischievous, grouchy, oddball
likes slingshots and Skittles
afraid of bears
wants to time travel
I don't know what kind of first line to make out of that because I'm a bit woozy on cold medicine. But I'll be back to read everyone else's and maybe come up with another or two. Fun!
Gerbils and gingerbread - yay! I love gingerbread AND had a gerbil named Gretchen AND I wanted to play the piano...have you been reading my schoolgirl diary? Really cute, Joanna!ReplyDelete
Well, the good thing is, you can do them whenever you have time! Feel free to join in whenever :)ReplyDelete
You have school today? It's Rosh Hashanah!ReplyDelete
Ooh - Cindy sounds like a character with lots of potential! :) I hope you'll be back with a beginning :)ReplyDelete
Oh, I think Cranky Hank has the makings of a good story and/or poem! Maybe we'll see him featured in a NWR poetry video :)ReplyDelete
I didnot do it right and missed that she was afraid of something. ha ha but this is what I got.ReplyDelete
Oh, I didn't know I was supposed to list the character traits first either.
Princess was a cautious kitty desperate for love. She was the sixth sibling of her litter and she didn't know how to make herself stand out. She loved traveling and umbrellas and wanted desperately to be good at something.
Next time I'll do it right. I'll know how to list the traits instead of writing a paragraph. lol This was fun. :)
How fun, Susanna!ReplyDelete
Bold, curious, desperate, eager
Loves giants and hot dogs (!)
Fears talking to new people,
Wants to be independent
I have NO idea where to go with this one except perhaps to have Becca, in her quest for hot dogs and independence, run off and join the circus! Or maybe she hears about an island of giants and, grabbing her stash of frozen Sabretts, runs off to Giant Isle to start a personal coaching business. However, she's thwarted by the fact that she's afraid to talk to new people, so she can't get any new clients. That plus the fact that she's only eight.
BUT... she's bold and eager, always bold and eager. And curious. Not to mention clearly desperate. Will Becca's desire to be independent win over the fear of talking to new people? Tune in next time...
This is fun Susanna! I did one with the numbers...after choosing a name. And I did one after I learned the drill!ReplyDelete
tired, passionate, curious, joyful
sibling of Corbin
lover of white water rafting and bears
who fears having a baby sitter
and wants to be first
sassy, sarcastic, sneaky, spry
lover of parrots and treasure maps
who fears heights
and wants the Mighty Mountain treasure
Love Loni's updated badge!
Yay. S&S!! Woohoo! (I would pick Princess!)ReplyDelete
argumentative, nosy, impatient , feisty
loves horses and presents
afraid of being in front of people.
wants to dance in the ballet (and boys)
Princess lived in the city on the hill. She dreamed of dancing in the ballet, but she wouldn't dare arabesque for all those people. They might stare. Or worse. They might boo.
Now you can boo me. Hugs woman!
This works fine, Clar! We're not that strict around here :) I hope you had some fun with it!ReplyDelete
P.S. Mine has NOTHING to do with her traits. That's because those aren't the traits I wanted! So I should have changed them. Meant to and then forgot. *sigh* Changed to timid, fretful, impatient, desire.ReplyDelete
You are so funny, Kim! I love your ideas :) I will definitely stay tuned :) Thanks for playing along!ReplyDelete
Lorelai and Sarsaperilla both look like they would be fun to write about and have great stories! Thanks for joining in :) And I'm so glad you like the new badge and appreciate you commenting on it - Loni worked hard! :)ReplyDelete
No boos from me! I think it sounds like tons of fun! Will you be writing Princess's story? Will she overcome her stage fright...?ReplyDelete
It's fine! The name/traits/siblings/fears etc. are just jumping off points to get you thinking. You don't have to use all of them (or any of them!) in your story. The idea is just to get the gears turning :)ReplyDelete
Robyn Campbell (unregistered) wrote, in response to Robyn Campbell:
P.S. Mine has NOTHING to do with her traits. That's because those aren't the traits I wanted! So I should have changed them. Meant to and then forgot. *sigh* Changed to timid, fretful, impatient, desire.
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What a fun way to start off the week!ReplyDelete
Joyful, passionate, Bold, Feisty
Sibling of Gemma
Lover of apples and zip-lining
Who fears swimming
Wants to get a job
I'm keeping all of these in a Google Docs file for future reference. If I don't come up with a story now, I just might in the future!
What a great idea! And love your contribution! So fun :)ReplyDelete
stout, cantankerous, shy and gassy
brother of Spoons, Cookie and Biscuits
lover of French cuisine and belching
who fears people won't take him seriously if they know he's a chuckwagon cook
and wants to compete in Bocuse d'Or, a world championship cooking contest in Lyon, France.
Very creative and entertaining, Sidney! I love this! Thanks for joining the fun :)ReplyDelete
Thanks! When I was thinking of a name to use, I remember seeing an E.L. "Beans" Mershon on Findagrave.com and I got to thinking about who this person was and built a storyline around him.ReplyDelete
Sidney Schuhmann Levesque (unregistered) wrote, in response to Susanna Leonard Hill:
Thanks! When I was thinking of a name to use, I remember seeing an E.L. "Beans" Mershon on Findagrave.com and I got to thinking about who this person was and built a storyline around him.
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chatty, nosy, feisty, rambunctious
loves to gossip and spread rumors
who fears kids won't like her
and desperately wants to be popular
I also liked the new badge because it reminded me of my Summer Send-Off contest entry...someone sitting down to write their once upon a time fairy tale! And the writer on this badge has a real tail!ReplyDelete
I'm back! Here is my entry -ReplyDelete
Grateful, quiet, passionate, and very serious,
A lonely only child,
loves his violin and poetry.
who fears swimming,
and wants a sister to call his blood.
I love the new badge! :)
Oh my goodness! I sense a fantastic MG novel here! Let me know when it's written so I can read it :)ReplyDelete
I hope Loni's checking in to see how much everyone likes her badge! :)ReplyDelete
Ooh, an excellent character with any number of possible stories! Thanks for joining in, Pat! :)ReplyDelete
Thanks everyone for the nice comments on the badge :)ReplyDelete
Here is mine:
bold, eager, serious, feisty
Loves bears & traveling
She is scared of heights
She only wants to be brave.
This is an awesome exercise! Thanks Susanna!
Ooh, good one! And another Becca! Was that number 7 or something - everyone's lucky number? i love how different all the Becca's are though - we've got lots of spark for stories here! Thanks for joining in, Badgemaker!ReplyDelete
1. Annabelle is Shy, Clumsy, opinionated,ReplyDelete
of Avery, Alex, Amelia, and Aspen.
loves kittens and yelling.
6. She wants
to order her own sundae.
Annabelle knew exactly what she wanted: a sundae with peanut
butter ice cream, m&ms, hot fudge, whip cream, and no cherry. Waiting for all her brothers and sisters to
order was giving her butterflies in her tummy.
She peered up at the lady in the window and stepped closer to
Mommy. Finally it was her turn, but
Annabelle was gone. Mommy lifted up her
skirt and found Annabelle hiding underneath.
Lauri this is wonderful! I love your description of Annabelle! The best part might be that she wants to order her own sundae - that is so perfectly little kid, isn't it? I think Annabelle's got a story! :)ReplyDelete
Susanna, you never disappoint! And Loni...cool badge revision for the new season...I will definitely grab it and put it on my blog. :)ReplyDelete
Here is mine entry:
Lazy yet eager, vacillating yet opinionated
Sibling of Roxanna, Rowena, Rhonda and Rachel
Lover of kites and violins
Who fears falling off a bike
And wants a brother (because he already has FOUR sisters).
Rocky crept away from the house, clutching his precious violin. If only he could escape the constant cacaphony of his sister's chatter that drowned out the music he heard in his head. The quiet forest glade would be the perfect place to compose the song that he knew would win first prize (a glorious kite) in the music contest...but the wooded area was too far away.. If only he'd practiced riding his bike instead of watching television and wasting time, he'd be able to get over there easily. Rocky slipped into the garage and cautiously approached his shiny new bike...not a scratch on it...he'd never even gotten on it. Taking a deep breath, Rocky swung a leg over and settled himself on the seat. Gripping his violin under his arm, Rocky slowly pedaled out of the garage. "I can do this!" he thought.
I'm having second thoughts about my cook, Beans, being gassy and belching, maybe just the cowboys he serves. No one wants to eat food from a gassy cook! Sorry I didn't think that one through!ReplyDelete
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Princess (my character's name) isA curious, desperate, mean, and tiredOnly childWho loves apples and giantsBut fears swimmingAnd wants to be first
Slinky Pinky--My Wacky OctopusPrincess curled her toes in the bleached sand. She raised her heels, squinted, and peered in the distance. Oh no. She spotted her prized, juicy red apples bobbing in the turquoise ocean.Princess stomped her feet. I just have to get the apples so I can win. She wished she had an older brother or a sister to help. Her only friend was a giant, but he was nowhere in sight.She dipped one toe into angry waves.Whoosh.Water slapped her face. Princess leaped back, spit out a mouthful of salt water, and then licked her lips.For hours, Princess stood like a sandcastle statue at the shoreline. The only movement--wind flapping the curl in the middle of her forehead.Finally, princess rubbed her eyes and yawned. She inched forward and waded in, her gaze never left the marked goods..Tentacles snapped the water. Fear strangled Princess' throat. Eight slimy octopus arms, thicker than firefighter hoses, nabbed all the apples with its suction cups.Princess balled her hand. "The apples are mine." She shook her fist.
Slinky Pinky grinned. “Catch me if you can, but I swim faster than any child or man.”“I order you." Princess thrashed the water. "Bring back my apples.”Slinky Pinky waved a sign. “Consider them good as sold.” Slinky Pinky splashed and laughed before disappearing into deep waters.Princess grunted. She shifted her gaze to the left, and then to the right. “Where is my giant when I need him?”
hee hee hee :) I keep thinking of the cook in Atlantis (Disney version) who identified the 4 food groups as beans, bacon, whiskey and lard :)ReplyDelete
Sidney Schuhmann Levesque (unregistered) wrote, in response to Susanna Leonard Hill:
I'm having second thoughts about my cook, Beans, being gassy and belching, maybe just the cowboys he serves. No one wants to eat food from a gassy cook! Sorry I didn't think that one through!
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This is terrific, Vivian! And I've got to say, I'm a little worried about that violin... on a bike... with a new and potentially wobbly rider... Will we get to see how the story ends? :) Thanks for playing along! :)ReplyDelete
Slinky Pinky...love this story, Tracy...aren't these creative writing prompts amazing for inspiring us? :)ReplyDelete
Thanks, Susanna. What amazes me is I have NO idea where these stories come from...I've never written THIS type of story before...probably because I never took a bonafide "creative writing" class. Lots of writing in HS and College, of course...but I don't remember being given prompts like you to for us. I, too, was worried about the violin, and thought about having him put it in a saddlebag or bike basket...but perhaps it will add to the tension. : And as I read it over again, I think I like this idea...so yes, I will finish it...to make it in rhyme would probably be CRAZY...so perhaps I'll keep it in prose. :)ReplyDelete
Spunky, witty, spontaneous, fun-loving
Sibling of Miles
Lover of skateboarding and collecting sticks
Who fears ladybugs
And wants to be an only child
This is a great exercise on character development, Susanna. Thanks! I don't have a story for this...yet.
This is great, Susanna! I'm getting inspired reading through this great collection of characters. Here's mine.ReplyDelete
Loud, sparkly, bouncy, imaginative
Loves tambourines and pasta
Fears being alone
Wants to learn to tap dance
Penny, I just read your blog post with Phyllis the Groundhog. I live in Abilene, too! Are you a member of the Abilene Writers Guild? I just joined a couple months ago. Are you going to the West Texas Book Festival events this week? I went to the library brown bag yesterday. I signed up for a spot with Robyn Conley (Writers Doctor) on Saturday. Can't wait!ReplyDelete
I haven't joined yet! I need to get myself to a meeting. I am not going to the West Texas book Festival. I am in Colorado for an SCBWI conference. I hated that they conflicted. I hope we meet soon!ReplyDelete
Sorry I'm late....busy busy busyReplyDelete
thin, wiry, curious, athletic
only (fur) child
loves chasing chipmunks and rolling in catnip
fears bath night
wants a brother to play with
Rhyme would be tough! :)ReplyDelete
Vivian Kirkfield wrote, in response to Susanna Leonard Hill:
Thanks, Susanna. What amazes me is I have NO idea where these stories come from...I've never written THIS type of story before...probably because I never took a bonafide "creative writing" class. Lots of writing in HS and College, of course...but I don't remember being given prompts like you to for us. I, too, was worried about the violin, and thought about having him put it in a saddlebag or bike basket...but perhaps it will add to the tension. : And as I read it over again, I think I like this idea...so yes, I will finish it...to make it in rhyme would probably be CRAZY...so perhaps I'll keep it in prose. :)
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This is great, Romelle! My two favorite parts are the stick collecting and that she has a brother but wants to be an only child!ReplyDelete
I love it, Carrie! I can already see Rhonda tap dancing - what a great idea! :)ReplyDelete
Not too late :) And love your character - so glad someone went furry! :)ReplyDelete