Monday, December 17, 2012

Do the Unexpected

How are you all fairing with our workout? The holidays are in high gear right now, and we're physically working out getting in that last minute shopping, but we can't ignore our writing muscles. 
Last week we wrote the scene that grabbed us. Now we're going to do the scary thing and throw something in the mix. Take whatever part of the book you're working on and add one of the following, then see what happens. Remember you don't have to keep it, but it's a great exercise to test out your characters. We love to torture them!

  • Your character finds out someone close has just died.
  • Your character is injured.
  • The antagonist shows up unexpectedly. 
  • Severe weather interferes (e.g, storm, earthquake, heatwave)
You have to do this exercise the first half of the week, because we're doing double time now that we have our heart rates up. The second exercise is this:

Take another character from the same book and put them in the same situation to see what happens. 

Did you learn something about the other character you didn't know? What did that do to your perspective? I'd love to hear if you found anything interesting from this! Don't be afraid to email me. Good luck!


  1. This is another good one! I'm working on the climax scenes this week (hopefully - it is crazy right now!) - a little injury might go a long way! :)

  2. Another great suggestions. Thanks Lisa for the tip.

  3. Your exercises are awesome! Sadly, I've had no time to do them. Grr... I'll have to backtrack.

  4. I love these kinds of exercises, Lisa! I ALWAYS find out something I didn't know.

    Hope you and your family are well!



  5. I'm actually gonna do this and see what happens. Thanks!

  6. What a fun idea! Mine is marinating right now, but I think something like this might work!!

  7. Oh, I really like that second character thought!!! I'm just at the point where I'm ready to start giving extra special attention to my secondary characters, so this is perfect!

  8. Cool ideas. *wrings hands and eyes unsuspecting characters"