SO. For those (pantsers) who struggle with character development, think of your characters in these very basic terms. Do they fall toward the CAT (selfish, narcissistic) or DOG (servitude, naive) side?
In other words, ask yourself what their motivations are, how they would handle the conflict in your book, and go from there. It's only a jumping point!
NOW for some SILLINESS!
EXCERPTS FROM A DOG'S DIARY:
8:00 a.m. - Oh, boy! Dog food! My favorite!
9:30 a.m. - Wow! A car ride! This is a blast!
9:40 a.m. - A walk in the park! Ate some crap... Delicious!
10:30 a.m. - Getting rubbed and petted! I'm in love!
12:00 p.m. - Lunch! Yummy!
1:00 p.m. - Playing in the yard! I just love it!
3:00 p.m. - Staring adoringly at my masters...they're the best!
4:00 p.m. - Hooray! The kids are home! I'm bouncing off the walls!
7:00 p.m. - Get to play ball! This is too good to be true!
8:00 p.m. - Wow! Watching TV with my master! Heavenly!
11:00 p.m. - Sleeping at the bottom of my master's bed! Life is sooo great!
EXCERPTS FROM A CAT'S DIARY:Day 683 of My Captivity: My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength.
The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomited on the floor. Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates what I am capable of. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a ''good little hunter'' I am. The audacity!
I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released--and he seems more than willing to return! He is obviously retarded. The bird has got to be an informant-- I observe him communicating with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. The captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe-- for now. But I can wait. It is only a matter of time!
SEE YOU ON WEDNESDAY!
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