Character Building: Absentee Part 2

Writers for Writers

This is a long exercise so I’ve decided to break it up into three parts. Use the same character and story for the entire exercise.

imageIt’s easy to write about a character who’s standing right there in the middle of a scene, but many writers forget that it can be more interesting to write about a character who isn’t there. Give your character building skills a work out by crafting a scene in which the central character is absent. Though the reader never meets the main character, they should come away from your scene feeling like they know that character well.

Part 1: Create a character who’s in a hurry and has something crucial to tell the maincharacter. Have the first character enter a place that belongs to the maincharacterthe place could be a bedroom, an office, a garden, or anything that could reveal something vital…

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