Be the character

by Lindsey
(United States)

If you imagine yourself in the same place that your character is in, you can place yourself in the moment. Placing yourself in the moment can help prevent writing something awkward down. Would that really happen if I was doing it right now? Would she really say that? How would someone react? Would they shrug it off or get mad? What are some minor details I may be noticing? Birds singing? The heat? Or is it chilly air conditioning?

Being the character can also make it more interesting for you, too.

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Oct 12, 2010
To Much, To Little
by: Anonymous

I see what you're saying here. However, one thing I have learned from writing that making yourself the character, even for a small amout of time, can be as bad as it can be good. Think about it - you have a character who is scared of, let's say, the dark. You are not. If you where that character you would react differently even if you were pretending to be that character.

Besides that, I know what you mean. I often think about my characters and ask myself, "What would they do if this would happen," or, "What would they do if that happened?"

Things like that go a long way.
Just don't overdo it.

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