So by now, having done the earlier exercises, you know quite a lot about your main characters. Today I want to you envision them in action and conversation.
You have an idea for this novel, which includes some thoughts on plot - and we'll get to plot in the second half of this month. For now, I want you to imagine a particular scene between two or three of your characters. It could be a scene you're planning to include, or it could be backstory. In fact, this is a great way to get an important piece of backstory firm in your mind.
Until I can actually hear my characters talking, know what they will say and how they will react. I'm not ready to start writing the novel. So I always write one scene out before I start to write the book. There's only one exercise today, and that is to write that scene.
1. What happens? How does it unfold? What do the characters say to each other? What is the inherent conflict in the scene?
2. How does your protagonist react/respond to what happens or what is said to him/her? Why is this important? What does it lead to?
See you tomorrow!