6-Pack Abs for Writers

One way to exercise your 6-pack writer muscles is to write a character sketch of a person you know very well.

Many people say their dearly departed mother was a sweet, angelic lady. In my case, this would actually be true. My ma was coming of age in the 60’s and she was part of the hippie scene. A true flowers-in-her-hair type of lady. She was so mild-mannered that she wouldn’t harm a fly – and I mean this literally. She made a pact with mosquitoes that she wouldn’t smash them if they wouldn’t bite her.

Thinking about my Ma, I wondered how we could take a mild personality and insert them into a story.

Many action adventures feature characters who are over-the-top heroic or villainous or brilliant. Then we sometimes have a protagonist who is identifiable; a normal guy caught up in a muggle world. So my Ma’s personality would not work as this kind of protagonist because she would not be the one to defeat Voldemort or President Snow or a Divergent civil war.

I am using my Ma in my work in progress, “Expect Resistance,” as a voice for passivity and peaceful resolution. The main character is ready to run into danger too often and Ma is there to add temperance.

A fun writer’s block challenge is to think of a person you know, sketch out their personality and their quirks, then morph them into your story.

Has this worked for you in the past? I’d love to hear from you.

Keep writing and keep sharing! – Cronin Detzz


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