Two Chairs (Games Writers Play)

Find that one of your characters is kinda flat and bland? Want to get to know him better? Want to flesh him out and make him over into a real person?

Try this.

Set up two chairs facing each other. Sit down in one and close your eyes. Picture the character in question sitting across from you in the other.

Now ask him a question. What’s his motivation? Why did he do that foolish thing? What does he want in life and how does your story fit in with that?

Then sit and listen…

Some writers will hear their character at this point, and get the insight they need. If that doesn’t happen for you, listen for a few minutes and, if you still don’t get an answer, then swop chairs

As you sit in the other chair, picture yourself as that character.  Your author has just asked you a question. How do you respond?

Feel free to ask as many questions as you want, and swop chairs as many times as you need to get a handle on your character.

This seems like a silly exercise, but it’s amazing how taking physical action can kick your creativity into gear.

Try it. You may surprise yourself.

Catherine Kane


For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better”, “The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”  and her new book “Magick for Pennies”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

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