EXERCISE Character Origination Prompts: Week 4, Love

Discussion in 'DEVELOPING CHARACTERS' started by The Mood is Write, Oct 8, 2017.

  1. Character Origination Prompts​

    Time to make a new character, but you're clueless? Just want to invite a new person to live in your head? Want to round out a character who's been untouched for a while?

    This thread is for you and anyone else who feels like doing character work today.

    Use as many or as few of the prompts as you like, and create!

    How Do I Take Part?​
    Each week, I will post three random prompts in line with the title theme: images, text, dialog, links to articles, or other neat things that seem like they could spark new life. I may also include bonus rounds! You can make whatever character you want, and they don't have to fit everything (or anything at all).

    I'll provide an (optional) "basic" character sheet that you can use.

    Click Here for the Optional Character Sheet
    [b]Full Name:[/b]
    (Including titles.)

    (Including titles that aren't part of formal address.)

    (Could include a few notes on if they're variant or unusual.)

    (Don't be afraid to be descriptive!)

    (Actual and/or apparent.)

    (Gender, physical sex, and preferences.)

    (Color, shape, position...)

    (Color and style.)

    (Facial and skin descriptions. Eyes, nose, mouth, eyebrows, etc.)


    (Bone structure, musculature, amount of fat, body shape—this is great for giving an idea of history and personality.)

    (What do they wear?)

    [b]Body Mods:[/b]
    (Scars, tattoos, piercings, prosthetics, and more.)

    (What do people think when they encounter this character the first time?)

    (Describe the tone, manner, volume, and more about how a character communicates: should include any nonverbal communication methods too!)

    (Big or small, what frightens the character?)

    [b]Motivation:[/b] (One of the two links below might be helpful.)


    [b]Virtues:[/b] (Definitions below, pick however many fit and describe how, if you are so inclined.)
    Chastity ([i]Castitas[/i])
    A habit of controlling inappropriate physical desires and impulses.
    Temperence ([i]Temperantia[/i])
    Attentiveness to one's needs, with restraint from wasteful excess.
    Charity ([i]Caritas[/i])
    Willingly giving of the self to ensure others' happiness and health.
    Diligence ([i]Industria[/i])
    The habit for performing work with perseverance, honesty, and care.
    Patience ([i]Patientia[/i])
    The ability to forgive and eagerness to seek paths toward harmony.
    Kindness ([i]Humanitas[/i])
    The sharing of one's skills and possessions for the sake of others.
    Humility ([i]Humilitas[/i])
    Prioritizing of other individuals and the community above oneself.

    [b]Vices:[/b] (Definitions below, pick however many fit and describe how, if you are so inclined.)
    Lust ([i]Luxuria[/i])
    The lack of self-control over one's bodily desires and urges.
    Gluttony ([i]Gula[/i])
    Overindulgence and overconsumption to the point of waste or harm.
    Greed ([i]Avaritia[/i])
    A disproportionate valuing of material wealth and its acquisition.
    Sloth ([i]Acedia[/i])
    Habitual apathy or aversion to effort that results in detriment.
    Wrath ([i]Ira[/i])
    Uncontrolled urges that encourage one to harm to others and self.
    Envy ([i]Invidia[/i])
    Sad or resentful desire toward traits or possessions of another.
    Pride ([i]Superbia[/i])
    Obsession with one's own superiority to the detriment of others.

    (What they're good at.)

    (What they're not good at.)

    (Habits and other little things.)

    [b]Racial Details:[/b]
    (Optional details about the character's race.)


    (Write a brief backstory.)

    (You can include something meant to catch interest here.)

    1. Make a character who is totally blind.
    2. Your new character is motivated by lost love.
    3. Something prevents this character from being able to find a happy ending.

    Bonus Rounds:
    • "Perhaps the problem is not the intensity of your love, but the quality of the people you are loving."
    • "I'm sorry. I'm not worthy of your love. I'm broken beyond repair."

  2. He is a widower with small children, aged seven and three. It is the little things that bother him now, only the little things that remind him of what he's lost. Every milestone is bittersweet; every birthday and every holiday filled with small moments where he turns to someone who is not there. The day helps him forget—no, not forget but rather endure—as his children take up much of his attention. He is a house-husband now. It is a wish he once had but it is all wrong, all twisted. He feels as if he has made a deal with those malevolent genies from One Thousand and One Nights somehow. He wishes that his life was a written one and then wonders if those unfortunate characters in the cheap horror novellas that he reads feel the same way. Daytime is full of cleaning and eating and watching TV and picking up his eldest child to and from school. He keeps himself busy with lawnwork; his three year old watches from the unfinished patio. He does not think he will ever finish it—not alone. Her garden, despite his best efforts, has all but withered away. He uproots the entire garden in one week, replants the garden with the flowers she used to buy from Home Depot, then gives up as they rot away. Sometimes his children ask him where she is. The counselor told him to be honest, so he is. Then he lies to them, saying that she's on vacation. He hates hearing them cry. He hates her, he is ashamed to find, for leaving him alone with them. The nights are the worst part. His bed seems bigger than its ever been—he feels that it could belong in one of those five-star hotels, with a Jaccuzi and room-service serving caviar. He misses waking up in the middle of the night with the sheets having been pulled away from him.

    (to be cont).
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