Intro to the 30 day challenge

So in my last writers group meeting at work, I wrote the agenda with the idea of developing stronger characters. It’s an interesting area for me to be playing in because I’m writing a memoir. Characters are similar to those in novels in someways, in that I still need to communicate the nature of the characters to the audience. However, they are also different because I’m not creating these characters myself- I’m trying to recreate people from my past and present. This leaves a lot of room for interpretation and also opens a door for others’ criticism. Yet, I do that all the time anyway, so what the hey.

For the first exercise: Character Voice Writing Exercise. Create a dialogue situation with a quiet friend, one who nods and unh-huhs instead of speaking a lot. I tried to use the voice of my mom. It was really interesting to emerse myself in who I believe she is and have the conversation flow so naturally. Once everyone else shared their scribblings, it became clear to me which character I needed to step into for the challenge. The challenge, which is sort of like homework but hopefully way more fun, is to interview “my character” for 30 days straight, diving deeper into who he/she is, each day. For fun, I’m going to attempt to do this without explicitly saying who it is… like I said, I’m doing the pre-work for my memoir so this is actually someone who might appear in that.

30 Day Character Interview

Day 01 – Introduce yourself, in great detail
Day 02 – Your first love, in great detail
Day 03 – Your parents, in great detail
Day 04 – What you ate today, in great detail
Day 05 – Your definition of love, in great detail
Day 06 – Your day, in great detail
Day 07 – Your best friend, in great detail
Day 08 – A moment, in great detail
Day 09 – Your beliefs, in great detail
Day 10 – What you wore today, in great detail
Day 11 – Your siblings, in great detail
Day 12 – What’s in your bag, in great detail
Day 13 – This week, in great detail
Day 14 – What you wore today, in great detail
Day 15 – Your dreams, in great detail
Day 16 – Your first kiss, in great detail
Day 17 – Your favorite memory, in great detail
Day 18 – Your favorite birthday, in great detail
Day 19 – Something you regret, in great detail
Day 20 – This month, in great detail
Day 21 – Another moment, in great detail
Day 22 – Something that upsets you, in great detail
Day 23 – Something that makes you feel better, in great detail
Day 24 – Something that makes you cry, in great detail
Day 25 – A first, in great detail
Day 26 – Your fears, in great detail
Day 27 – Your favorite place, in great detail
Day 28 – Something that you miss, in great detail
Day 29 – Your aspirations, in great detail
Day 30 – One last moment, in great detail

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