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Practical Prompt 8-23-17

Today we’ll continue looking into our characters’ pasts. Are your characters lying to themselves about something? If so, what are the lies? Are your characters afraid of other people learning about their pasts?

Insomniacs Anonymous 8-18-17

You’re awake. Instead of writing the Great American Novel—or even a mediocre one—you’re reading our blog. Okay, then. We offer a topic; you respond. Let your fellow writers inspire you, and return to that manuscript refreshed.

Do you prefer novels written in first person or third, or does it matter to you?

Practical Prompt 8-16-17

Last week you began a deep dive into your characters pasts, this week lets keep exploring. Ask yourself what was the most traumatic event that happened to your characters before the story began. How did they act at the time of the trauma? How long ago was the trauma? How does the event still affect them today?

Insomniacs Anonymous 8-11-17

You’re awake. Instead of writing the Great American Novel—or even a mediocre one—you’re reading our blog. Okay, then. We offer a topic; you respond. Let your fellow writers inspire you, and return to that manuscript refreshed.

What was a book you had to read for your school’s summer reader that you unexpectedly liked?

Practical Prompt 8-9-17

Over the next month we’re going to delve more into your characters’ backstories and the past events that shaped the characters’ motivations, personalities and sense of morality. The things that your characters experienced in their lives before your story begins will affect how they act throughout your story.

To start, ask yourself whether or not your characters like themselves. What happened in their pasts that led them dislike or like who they are now?