The Craft of Character: Point of View

“Zorambua tries to teach Aislinn archery and time magic. She sucks. (Thank God they’re immortal.) Meanwhile, he is hyper because he has found ‘the one.’” — Write an active scene (a dinner, a romance, an adventure) from the first person POV of no more than 500 words. Now take the exact same scene and write it again from the omniscient POV, entirely from scratch and without looking at the first version.

The Craft of Character: Location, Location, Location

“The veteran surgeon shares his life with a civilian writer.” — Create a scene (700-1000 words) with at least three characters. Two of these characters should have different viewpoints on the world; one should be an “insider” in the world you’re creating, and one should be an outsider. The third character should be an eavesdropper on a conversation between the first two.

The Craft of Character: Creating a Character from An Idea

“I’m ready to learn.” — Choose a book or film that you have recently enjoyed, or select a story from mythology. Create a new character based solely on your idea, make the reader know them, and place them in a social situation with your pre-selected character from the book of film. (N.B. It’s basically a fanfiction.)