Character Exercise #2: Isaak and Dominik

13 11 2009

Write a scene that shows a relationship between two characters.

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Character Profile #5: Isaak Fisher

13 11 2009

Isaak 1.What is your character’s full name? Isaak Fisher

2.  Nickname?  Do they like their nickname? None.

3.  How old are they? 20

4.  Date of birth? 3rd September.

5.  Place of birth? London, England.

6.  Male or female? Male

7.  Ethnic background? Caucasian – German.

8. Lives with? Dominik Fisher.

9.  Brothers or sisters?  How many?  Their ages?  Does this character have a favorite?  Does he or she dislike someone in the family? One brother, Dominik, who’s also 20. Doesn’t dislike anyone in his family.

10.  Any pets? A fish named Eric.

11.  Does this character like animals? Yep.

12.  What is their favorite animal?  Why? Dogs, because they’re so friendly. Cats are cool too.

13.  Any hobbies? Music, singing, running, playing bass, going to the pub.

14.  Does this character have a job?  What is it? Yes, he works the desk at a tattoo shop.

15.  Would like to be a_____? Rockstar.

16.  What is their religion?  Who they follow it?  Do they go to church?  Are there any religious conflicts in the family? Atheist, from agnostic and Easter & Christmas Christian family.

17.  Education level?   Likes or liked school? Finished College, didn’t go further. Didn’t mind it, found it a chance to socialize.

18.  Any bad habits? Many bad habits, smoking being the major one.

19.  What is this character afraid of?  Dentists, drowning and planes.

20.  Why is your character afraid of what you just listed?  What does that fear stop them from doing? There’s no particular reason behind being scared of dentists and drowning, and they just stop him from a) going swimming and b) going to the dentists. He’s scared of planes because of all the horror stories of their crashes. It stops him traveling pointlessly.

21.  Do they have a boyfriend or girlfriend?  Is this person their first? Not currently, no, but has in the past.

22.  What food do they like to eat?  What foods do they hate?  Do they eat anything weird?  What is their favorite meal? Pizza and spaghetti. Hates pork and mushrooms. Enjoys eating mash potato with salad cream and Branston pickle.

23.  What do they like to drink?  Coffee or Fanta. Vodka if he’s out.

24.  Who is their best friend? His best friend is his brother, Dom.

25.  Is this character shy?  Outgoing?  Studious?  Athletic?   Talkative?  Boy crazy?  Girl crazy?  Jokester?  Clumsy?  Bragger?  Cheapskate?  Stingy?  Greedy?  Jealous?  Innocent?  Gullible? Very outgoing and friendly, can be a bit selfish.

My Favorite Writing Blogs.

13 11 2009

I read a lot of writing blogs. It’s a good form of procrastination, in my opinion, because in turn it teaches me new things. Plenty of them have amazing tips, so I’ve gathered some of my favorites, and stuck them here 🙂

Men With Pens.

Jessie’s Writing.

Fuel Your Writing.

Flights Of Fantasy.

Write A Better Novel.

Fiction Writer’s Journey.


Exercise #1 – Isaak.

12 11 2009

Nabbed from:

Write out a full conversation between yourself and this character. Pretend you’re stuck in an elevator together and have nothing else to talk about but one another.

See what kind of humor develops, how quickly this person trusts you with new information, the way her mind works in a time of minor stress, what she’s worried about, who she’s concerned about knowing.

Don’t assume that all people react the same way, and don’t assume your character spills everything about herself at the drop of a hat. The point isn’t to get the entire character history on paper; the point is to see what other people see when they meet this person on the page.

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On Naming Your Story.

12 11 2009

Rush. Radio Hysteria. Alcohol Rock and Roll. I find potential titles in everything. Rush, Radio Hysteria and Alcohol Rock And Roll (a set of short stories I’ve written) are all inspired by music. However, I usually get a flood of potential titles and then I’m stuck between choosing which to use, and which to store away for the future.

This is my problem with Rush and Radio Hysteria. People seem to prefer Radio Hysteria. I’m growing to prefer Rush, as it’s short and snappy. However, I really like Radio Hysteria and want to use it somewhere. Do I use it as a tagline? ‘Rush: This is Radio Hysteria’, do I use it as the band title? Hollywood After Midnight doesn’t quite set the same tone.

I tried pro’s and cons. Rush is short, snappy, sweet. It sort of alludes to plenty of things that could play a part in a bands life. Adrenaline rush, drug rush, the fast pace of their lives. However, it’s more of a band name to me. And there’s already a band called Rush, so there goes that one. Radio Hysteria is not as short, snappy, sweet. It’s a bit…dragging in my mind. It could be their band name, but I don’t know if it suits them so well.

The titlescorer (here) says Rush is the better choice…but what do I do with Radio Hysteria?

So. Blah. Naming your story is hard. How do you do it?

Character Profile #4: Valerie Mitchell

12 11 2009

Character Name: Valerie Mitchell

Theme song (each character from Rush/Radio Hysteria will have one, as the story is based around music): Augustine ~ Patrick Wolf

  • Main character
  • Protagonist/supporter

Gender: Female
Weight: 8st
Hair: Platinum blonde.

Eyes: Green
Distinguishing Marks: Septum piercing, stretched lobes, cheek piercings, scar between eyebrows, mole under left eye. Many visible tattoos.
Distinguishing Mannerisms: Scratches neck a lot, twirls hair round fingers.
Describe the character’s appearance in a brief paragraph:
Valerie has medium length blonde hair, which she usually keeps up in a retro/rockabilly style, or in a messy bun. She has three piercings, two in her each cheek and one in her septum. Her ear lobes are stretched, but not hugely and she usually has cute tunnels in. She has tattoos up both arms, over her hands and knuckles, over her chest and one on each foot. They are all brightly coloured in old school style. She usually wears shorts or a skirt, a band tee and a blazer with long, thigh high socks and incredibly high heels. She has a penchant for hats of all kinds. She loves wearing accessories, and wears bright makeup.
What would you find in her pockets?: A compact mirror and her phone. Her handbag is a scary, never ending pit.
Personal Reference:

Briefly describe the character’s personality. How does (s)he react to stress, friendships, lovers, job, etc.?

Valerie’s outer, more confident and colourful appearance is at odds with her personality. She’s very anxious and quiet, and has little confidence in herself. She works in a small, independently owned cafe where the owner doesn’t mind how she looks, just so long as her clothes meet dress code. She doesn’t mind it, though she’s a bit wary about having to talk to strangers every day. When angry or stressed, she will retreat into herself and try and get as far away from people as possible. If not possible, she merely listens to her ipod and closes her eyes to block out everywhere. She talks very little. With lovers, she is very romantic, and expects them to be the same. She loves baths, especially ones with bubbles.
Briefly describe the character’s history. What’s happened in (s)he’s life?

Valerie was raised by a single mother, and unlike her bandmates, was not very close to the rest of her family. She loves her mother, who tried her best to raise her, though she was only 16 when she had Valerie. Valerie’s mother gave her her taste in music, and would often play dress up with her daughter. When Valerie was 13, her mother was diagnosed with lung cancer, but fortunately survived and is now incredibly healthy.

When Valerie was 16, she met her father for the first time. They get along, but are not close.

Anything the character can’t shake off? Any important personal promises? Anything (s)he is obsessed with?

Smokes, despite her mothers disapproval. Because of this, she tries to never smoke around her mother or let her mother see her smoking, or proof she smokes.


Character Inspiration.

11 11 2009

Basically, I collect photos from of people who gave me ideas for characters, or remind me of characters. This is my huge list of photos for Rush/Radio Hysteria.


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