Ansley Asher

writing thoughts

Writing Exercise

Does it matter if you haven’t done anything wrong if everyone thinks you have? Take your least favorite minor character–someone you think you might write out of the story–from your current WIP (work in progress) and imagine that you hate him (or her) because of some inexcusable thing he did. Do the other characters hate him for this reason, too? Who knows about it and who doesn’t? Why does that matter?

Now tell yourself that he didn’t do that horrible, horrible thing. Do you feel differently about him? Does he seem more or less real to you? More or less likeable?

Now imagine that he is taking the blame to protect one of the other characters. Who is he protecting, and why?

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