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Exercise #536

Exercise #536: Craft
Posted  9/6/13

Let’s revisit characterization. We want our character to be memorable. We also want the reader to be able to relate to the character in some way or to care about him or her. One way to help this along is to give the character some trait that sets him or her apart from the crowd. In some cases, this trait can also be yet another barrier to the character’s success. One trait, of course, does not make a well-rounded character, but it’s a start.

Practice your characterization by writing an introductory scene for a character, and show us one of these main personality traits. The reader should be able to identify the trait without being told.
 * Obsessive-Compulsive
 * Mysophobic
 * Paranoid
 * Agoraphobic

For an extra challenge, you might choose one of these. Treat the subject gently!
 * Wheelchair-bound
 * Visibly diseased
 * Homeless
 * Amputee

Critiquers, along with the usual technical critique, you might answer these questions:
     * Were you able to see the trait in the character?
     * Was this piece helpful to you as a writer? Why or why not?

Word limit: 1200
Please use the subject line
       SUB: Exercise #536/yourname

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