I am constantly on the search for three things: blog post topics, writing prompts, and character studies.
(What, you thought this was going to be about the meaning of life or something? I’m a writer, not a philosopher.)
Yesterday, on a quest to test out a writing prompt, I posted the following on social media.
Complete this sentence with the first thing that pops into your head. Don’t overthink.
“You can tell a lot about a person by the way s/he ________.”
My purpose was to try out this question as a writing prompt. Once my wonderful friends on Facebook began to answer, I saw this question as a possible way to view a character. After that, I saw it as a blog post topic.
Hot diggitty dog! Three quests in one question.
Quest #1 – Writing Prompt
Use the question “You can tell a lot about a person by the way s/he _______” as the start for a writing exercise. Try exchanging “a person” for a real person: a doctor, a teacher, my husband, a child. Or you can use yourself: “You can tell a lot about me by the way I _____________” and write an exploratory essay about some part of your personality.
Quest #2 – Character Studies
Fiction writers like to poke, prod, or tinker around with their creations’ psyches. To write a character effectively, it helps to know background that never appears on the page. Below are some of the responses my fabulous Facebook friends provided to complete the statement, “You can tell a lot about a person by the way s/he _________.” Look at the responses. How does your favorite creation tip, walk, talk, smile, or listen?
Posts on social media
Acts toward others
Responds to a crisis
Eats an Oreo
Takes care of her teeth
Looks at you
Deals with jagoffs
A few surprises there, right? Go through this list to discover how well you really know your protagonist.
Quest #3 – Blog post
You’re on your own for this quest. This is my post, but you are welcome to share!