Thursday, February 16, 2006

Character of a place

Describe a bedroom or other place someone has made their own as a way to reveal who someone is. You can pick from one of the following or make up your own:
  • A local tavern girl waiting for the right party to come along to take her out of there.
  • An android whose replacement parts are no longer made.
  • A parapalegic mecha pilot whose mecha gives him mobility.
  • A former interplanetary actor who believes he/she/it is still famous.
  • A former member of a fringe group who existed outside society who is now living a middle class existence.
  • A child orphaned on a moon colony and cared for by the community.
  • A warrior who ended up on the losing side of the war.
  • A social climbing wizard or witch.
  • A blacksmith's daughter newly apprenticed to dragon trainers.
Adapted from "Creating a character's background, place, setting, and milieu" an exercise by Robie Macauley in What If?: Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers by Anne Bernays and Pamela Painter.
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