Play With Your Words Prompt #32 Dreamers: An Exercise in Characterization

Steven Spielberg once said, “I dream for a living.”

Create a character who truly does dream for a living. It could be a realistic or historical character. Or it could be a fantastic, out-of-this-world character. As you develop your character, consider the following questions:

  • What is your character’s occupation?
  • How does dreaming relate to his or her work?
  • Give your character a name?
  • Where does he or she live?
  • What does he or she love?
  • If someone met your character on the street or at a party, describe what he or she might see.

For a bonus exercise: Put your character in a scene that contains action, dialogue, and conflict. Have fun!

When done, share your work with your writing partners. Enjoy the variety of characters you came up with as a group. Compliment one another on the strengths in his or her character description. Identify the details you like or find particularly vivid.

As usual, I invite you to share your writing as a comment. I would love to see the scenes and characters you have created.

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