Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Quick Tip for Character and Plot Development

On Friday, I visited a friend in hospice. One of the ministries she enjoyed was working with abused women. She showed me an exercise she used with them, and I realized it could be used to add depth to a character.

All you need is paper and pen.

Draw a tree.

Add apples. The number of apples must be less than the age of your character.

Count the apples. The number of apples is the age your character was when something traumatic happened to him/her.

Make up that traumatic incident.

Weave it into your plot.


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