3/25 Character: Exteriority and Interiority

Daily Warm Up: Today is Friday, so we have our read-and-talk warm up. We’ll continue with the section from Elizabeth Gilbert. It’s long (3-4 weeks of readings) but it’s worth it! 😉

Scratch that. This book has been deeply meaningful to me: Gilbert articulates things I have figured out over the last few years of writing professionally, and she’s also inspired me with things I wish I had learned as a young writer.

SO…bottom line, I just (personally) can’t bear continuing to share the book with you. I’ll find something else for our read-and-discuss Fridays. That’s no indictment on you, friends. It’s just how I’m wired. Fair enough?

Focus of the Day: Today our focus is on exteriority (how we communicate what’s happening on the outside of a character) and interiority (how we communicate what’s happening on the inside of a character.

Interiority is one of the major ways we develop VOICE, that amorphous term that determines so much about how and why our fiction is read (or not read).

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Daily Experiment: One of the ways you can have good interiority on a character is if you KNOW that stuff and you’re drawing from a well of knowledge about your character.

So for today’s experiment, do some thinking about a character you might like to write about. Try answering one of the questionnaires below about your character or write a couple of different scenes in your character’s voice:



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