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Prepared by: Florence Cardinal
Posted on: Sun, 11 Feb 2001
Reposted on: Sun, 8 Dec 2002
A story is only as strong as your characters. In fact, some writers
with nothing but a character, and build the plot around him or her.
For this assignment, in 250 words or less, describe one of your male
characters so we can see him. We don't want things like: He had red
he was a tall man. Make us see "red" and "tall."
Use whatever you need. Description, satire, exaggeration. Dialogue's
too. Think of "show, don't tell."
When you've finished the male character, try the same exercise using
Florence Cardinal's wrap-up
Posted on: December 17, 2002
I've just read through all the subs for this exercise again. What an
mixture of characters I met. Most of you did fulfill the requirements
exercise. I did note one or two who did some telling rather than
But all it takes is practice, which is what this list is all about.
we'll be doing this exercise again.
Thanks to all who sent in submissions and all the critiques given.
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