Writers’ Triggers: One time-tested way to develop your characters is to brainstorm character traits. Once suggestion by Cathy Birch, author of Awaken the Writer Within, is to start with ten categories: clothes, moods, food, colors, friends, pets, music, hobbies, talents, and flaws.
Building on these ten categories, brainstorm ten facts about each of these aspects. Instantly you have 100 ideas as to who your character might be.
You should also have some thoughts on the character’s motivation: what does he/she want? What obstacles must he overcome? Secrets are a useful device. Does your character have a secret? To what lengths will your character go to hide the secret?
- If you do not have a picture file of assorted people, you should start one now. Find a picture of a person in a magazine. Looking at the picture, attempt Cathy Birch’s ten times ten. Don’t forget to add obstacles and secrets.
As I’m on my way to Mexico, I voted early yesterday. With so many people disappointed in the current administration, all Democratic incumbents are in danger of losing their seats. (No… Obama does not walk on water. He is in a leaky rowboat- paddling for all he’s worth. He tows a raft of Democrats behind him. Meanwhile, the Conservatives are in a bigger power boat. Circling Obama’s leaky craft, they create a wake that threatens to capsize Obama and those who support him.)
In particular, Coloradoans need to vote “NO” on amendment 62. Quoting the 2010 State Ballot Information Booklet: Amendment 62 proposes amending the Colorado Constitution to extend inalienable rights “to every human being from the beginning of the biological development.”
We’re talking conception folks! Do mean to tell me that a one-hour-old fertilized egg is a person? This measure could limit abortions in cases of rape, incest, or if the woman’s life is in danger. Furthermore, the amendment may limit access to emergency contraception and commonly used forms of birth control. “From the beginning of biological development…” is very unclear. Does that term apply to all fertilized eggs or fertilized eggs at a specific number of weeks?
I find this amendment too scary. I not only want it defeated; I want it soundly defeated.
Do I love babies? You bet I do. But babies are a lifelong committment and every baby should be wanted and cherished. Women who are unprepared for motherhood should have choices as to when and if they become pregnant.
I’ve often said that it seems unfair that women attend university, earn their credentials, and enter the workplace only to hand their independence and personhood on a silver platter to a crying baby to whom they are completely subservient.
It is one thing for a woman to give over her life to a baby who is most definitely a person; it is entirely another thing for a woman to give over her life to an egg.
Remember Monty Python’s “Every Sperm is Sacred” from the Meaning of Life? If not, refresh you memory with a youtube clip: http://www.youtube.com/v/9DkqU-uWojc?fs=1&hl=en_US”></param><param.
Watch and listen. Sing along. And while you are singing, ask yourself about the sacredness of sperm and eggs. By any measure, how many “persons” are at risk of falling by the wayside?