Thursday, August 27, 2009

Let's Play Part 2

Sorry for the late post, my internet was down most of the day...

Let’s continue on our journey of creating Joni’s character using “The Writer’s Brainstorming Kit” by Pam McCutcheon and Michael Waite. But keep in mind, when you pick a card, if it doesn’t work with the story that’s unfolding, you can always pick another one. Nobody’s going to hold you to the original choice. This kit is about brainstorming and opening up the creative mind, not blocking it with rules or restrictions.

I’m going to change the game. You know a bit about Joni, about as much as I do. Wouldn’t it be fun to see what everyone creates from the same cards? I’ll pick the cards and write out the choices with the categories, but you make the selection and develop the rest of her character. We’ll compare notes on Monday.

The next card I picked was for the internal conflict. Loyalty. These were the options: earn another’s loyalty, prove another’s disloyalty, prove your loyalty, find who has betrayed you, find loyalty in something.

For external conflict, I grabbed the strength card. Choose from: your opponent is much stronger than you, your strength has been challenged, your strength has been taken away from you, others are jealous of your strength, or others misjudge your strength.

And finally, for growth/realization, the rescue card came up. Your choices are: if you want to be rescued, you have to do it yourself; you are in a prison of your own making; you must let your guard down sometime; walls do not make a prison; or rescue isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Well, there you have it, an example of how to create a character using this wonderful tool. Leave a little blurb about the Joni you created in today’s comments and I’ll post them on Monday. See you tomorrow for Fun Friday.