Friday, February 12, 2010

Good Stuff for a Friday

There were great things to be found at Rafael's place this week. First, this picture. A Scrabble-playing dog? Love it.

Then was the idea for an exercise, in which you attribute one word to the characters (up to five) from your current project. One word? Let's see...

Besty: living
Charles: arrogant
Tom: out
Timothy: unfocused
Meggie: fragile
Think about your characters. Could you describe their essence with just one word? Just doesn't seem enough when it allows for no background detail.
And then, Rafael announced his 1k Word Blogfest. Take a picture, write 1000 words about it, and post it all. If you're interested in participating, visit his blog Neither Here Nor There and let him know. Posts will coordinate on Monday, February 22nd. Sounds like fun, don't you think?
Now how 'bout those character words? Leave yours in comments.
And have a great weekend!
Thanks to Rafael for providing my content today. ;)


Slamdunk said...

I don't have a current work to participate in the exercice, but great photo!

Amy Sue Nathan said...

Daisy - Determined
Corrine - Scared
Elliot - Hungry
Maggie - Guilty
Chase - Accepting

Rebecca Nazar said...


Anonymous said...

Cute picture!

Enjoy your weekend and V-Day!

Anonymous said...

Ah, but it does allow you to build a picture from there. Think of it as a beginning, not an end.


I'll update my blog with your name and addy Janna.

Donna M. Kohlstrom said...

Describing a character in one word is almost as difficult as writing one sentence blurb about your story! Think I'll go try that exercise with some of my characters and see what they have to say about themselves!

Tabitha Bird said...

Oooh that is a great activity. I'd have to think about it. Not sure I could do it off the top of my head. :)

Wendy Paine Miller said...

Love this:

I try a few:

Lindsay: distrusting
Mia: precocious
Grandpa: wrecked

I could play this over and over. Too much fun.
~ Wendy

Jody Hedlund said...

Love the picture of that dog!! Too cute! :-)

Kathryn Magendie said...

Virginia kate: hopeful
Micah: intense
Bobby: happy
Andy: strong
Katie Ivene: wild

JLC said...

I think I'll be doing the character list as a blog post next week. Thanks to you and Rafael for the ideas!

Jill said...

Cute picture, but I'm afraid the dog would win!

Jeanette Levellie said...

Oh dear. My characters are me, my family, and God. Okay, here goes:

Jeanette: nutty
Kevin: stable
Esther: creative
Ron: deep
God: Extravagant

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Scott: Naughty
Daddy: done
Dusty: friend
Mr. Little: huge

Have a great weekend! :-)

Melanie Hooyenga said...

Janet - aloof
Greg - tormented
Becca - sticky (because she's the glue that holds them all together)
Carol - determined
Justin - forgiving

Anonymous said...


Dani - anxious
Alex - mysterious
Riley - snarky
Jason - angry
Miss Olivia - wise

Tana said...

OK great picture indeed. Now only if I could train my dog to play scrabble. (I'd probably still lose). ;)

Happy Valentines!

patti said...

Gloria-Mother Bear

You are a wonderful bloggite!
So glad we "met"!


Kristen Torres-Toro said...

Hmmm... for my finished novel...

Brooke: dreamer
Ellen: anxious
Anna: ashamed
Scott: laughing
Nate: supportive

Have a great weekend!

Melissa Amateis said...

I like this. Ok, here goes:

Elizabeth - determined
Patrick - curious

Jessica Nelson said...

Wow, describe my characters in one word? That's tough.
Maggie: Adventurous
Joe: Careful


Karen said...

Fish-gnarly. Happy Valentine's Day!

Angie Ledbetter said...

What a cool Friday exercise. I'm too cold from our morning snow (yeah, in Baton Rouge!) to think.

Huggage and Happy Valentine's AND Mardi Gras!

Kathy said...

Interesting idea.


Susan J. Reinhardt said...

A Scrabble-playing dog? I love it!

Ellie - passionate
John - protective
Jim - crusader
Monty - searching
Henry - vengeful

Susan :)

colbymarshall said...

Sadie- conflicted
Ethan- solid
Nick- confused
Phillip- passionate

Unspoken said...

Not writing anything right now.

Eileen Astels Watson said...

I've heard of this one-defining-word per character. Not easy, but doable.


Angie Muresan said...

Okay... I've been here for about five minutes and I still can't describe my characters in one word.

septembermom said...

That is an interesting exercise. I think it could only be helpful for a writer as they go along. I'm not working on anything right now, but I had fun reading everyone's answers!

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