A writing exercise I enjoy is to pretend you are chatting with your characters. Imagine you are on an interview with them, out for coffee, or whiling away the hours in a park. Have a conversation with them. Let you be you and them be them.
Sometimes this can be done all in your head. Do you have a long bus ride? Start interrogating your characters about their life choices. Just don’t miss your stop. Other times, you might benefit from doing a free writing while thinking about this. Let your words and thoughts flow. My general advice for this is not to think too much. Go with your first instinct with a character’s answer. You might be surprised.
We’ve had a list of backstory related questions once upon a time, but let us begin this year with some New Year inspired questions.
- How do you celebrate the New Year?
- Do you have any traditions you do not celebrate anymore? Alternatively, how has your celebrations changed?
- What is your reaction to the phrase New Year, New You?
- Where do you see yourself at the end of this year?
- What goals did you accomplish last year?
- What goals did you not accomplish last year?
- How would you have approached last year differently if you could go back and do it again?
- What year would you consider your best year, and why?
- Is there anything you want to change about yourself this year?
- What does a new year mean to you?
While we are on the topic of the New Year, stop to consider how you arrange your year/time if you are writing speculative fiction! Is a year religion based? Season based? Celestial based? How do your characters measure time and dates?