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Exercise #539

Exercise #539: Craft
Posted  10/4/13

Way back with Exercise #171, we did a five-exercise “journey” from Plot to Publish. Today starts a new journey, where we talk about the five Cs that can help you self-check your story for marketability. Every story - to be a complete tale - needs the five Cs.

Join me now in a five-exercise journey through the five Cs.

The first C is Character(s).

Your story may have one character, several characters, or simply a “good guy” and a “bad guy.” Don’t underestimate the power of something inanimate as a character. Did you read or see “The Perfect Storm?”

Flesh out your characters as much as you can to make them real. Give your reader something to relate to, something to hate, or something to fear. Heroes don’t have to be saints and villains don’t have to be totally evil.

For this exercise, create your character(s) you’ll use over the course of these five Craft exercises. Show us a descriptive scene where we meet your protag or the villain (or both!) and give us a reason to want to follow her/him/them/it along on this journey.

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

Word limit: 1200
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