Legacy of The LensMar 22, 2013by techgnoticMore Like This
A study in artistic diversity, Bernardo Medina embodies the renaissance spirit of the consummate artist, always inspired and inspiring artists around him to create and capture the rhythms of life and beauty in a
Art Block BanisherMore Like This
Do you find yourself staring like a zombie at a blank piece of paper on your desk? Do you whip your pencil in a circle to draw a head, erase it, draw it again, and still find yourself dissatisfied and uninspired? Do you long to draw your characters in some crazy or adorable situation but lack the ability to come up with an idea?
Never fear! The Art Block Banisher is here!
This is a list of possible scenarios you can evilly dump your favorite characters into, whether they belong to you or someone else. So think about a few favorite characters, pull out a pencil and paper, and let's go!
Cooking Who can cook what, and how well? How many fire extinguishers will be necessary? Try drawing a full-out scene or just little doodles.
Age: What did your characters look like when they were little? How did/would they interact? What about when they're older? Try drawing them as grown-ups or (gasp) geezers. (Here's a great tutorial on faces at differen
Beating the BlockMore Like This
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Please read this list slowly and carefully, considering not only the individual prompt but ways to bend it. You'll get much more out of it. (Thinking about specific characters and/or listening to your book's theme music while you read may help.)
This list is designed mainly to give ideas for characterization-related scenes. If your issue is more along the lines of "I don't know where I'm going," then this may not be as helpful. While you can read this anyway, meditation and logic are usually the things that work best.
If this gives you an idea, write it down! It's a long list, so you don't want to risk forgetting anything.
Not all of these thoughts and ideas will apply to your story, but perhaps one can give you an idea! I encourage you to modify the ideas below to better fit your characters' unique situation. This is just meant to get the ideas flowing. Let's get started!
Two characters are stuck under a br
Exercise: Your Character's Distinct VoiceMore Like This
The purpose of this exercise is to see how much you've differentiated each of your main characters' voices from each other.
How to Use
Pick a few major characters in your story. (I recommend using between 3 and 6.) For each of the numbered prompts below, choose what each character would say in that circumstance. You may want to write a few sentences of dialogue from that character or a quick internal monologue.
These lines are meant to generate short pieces of dialogue (about 1-5 sentences), as it's easiest to compare lines to each other that way. If you start writing long paragraphs or another character's reply to your character, then stop. Copy and paste the text. Then place it in a Sta.sh Writer or other document and continue the scene there. If you like it, post it (and credit me for the prompt, if you please!). When you finish that and return to this exercise, write about 1-5 sentences for that character and c
A Cure for Writer's Block? MemeMore Like This
Directions: Pick a character from one of your stories...preferably the one you're currently having problems with. Then answer as many of these questions as you can. Go!
Alternate Directions Using More Than One Character: (To make the rotation come out even this will work best for 2, 3, 5, 6, 10, or 15 characters) Pick a random letter from each of your chosen characters' names - make sure the letters are all different. Then find that letter on the list below and make a note of that number.
A = 13
B = 17
C = 1
D = 14
E = 18
F = 3
G = 7
H = 11
I = 12
J = 25
K = 22
L = 10
M = 5
N = 6
O = 4
P = 19
Q = 9
R = 20
S = 15
T = 26
U = 16
V = 24
W = 2
X = 8
Y = 21
Once you have all the numbers written down, put them in a list with the largest number first and the smallest number last. That will be the character rotation for the questions. Here's an example:
My characters are going to