Last week, stumped for ideas, I turned to a 12 Step Plan for Writers at Writers Digest in desperation. Honestly, I expected it to be really lame (sorry WD, but that’s the truth). Imagine my surprise when seven days later, I still find myself thinking about those novel titles I brainstormed last week! It worked!
So I went back to it again this week. Back to the same Writer’s Digest Post, “A 12 Day Plan of Simple Writing Exercises.”
Create a character with personality traits of someone you love, but the physical characteristics of someone you don’t care for.
This time was harder. But also interesting, as a writer, and fun.
Lora sat on the front steps of our porch. She was impeccably dressed, in white denim, a swingy navy & white striped top, and heavy, bold golden necklaces and bracelets. As the breeze picked up I wondered for a minute how long it took for her to straighten her blond locks every morning — it was always perfect and shiny — not like my usual messy ponytail.
She pushed her black-rimmed glasses down to the end of her nose, and strummed her guitar.
My life, my family….my loooooove she began to sing.
She paused for a moment, as though thinking up the next lyrics, her face fixed in a permanent frown–a stark contrast to the heartfelt lyrics and delicate melody of the song she was composing on the guitar.