Midweek Writing Prompt: Have you ever learned something from a character you invented?

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Dear Procrastinators and Friends!

‘One can learn a lot from one’s characters’, my writing friend Terveen Gill replied recently to one of my comments.

Terveen is an author, filmmaker and the editor of Masticadores India (https://masticadoresindia.wordpress.com/). You can also read her blog, ‘It Ain’t Right Till I Write‘ on www.terveengill.com.

Her remark made me think: What have I ever learned from a character I invented. There are quite a few rather weird souls I have created. I guess, some have taught me a lesson and I’m quite curious if you had a similar experience.

Teaching can go both ways. If you can’t be a good example, you’ve got to be a terrible warning… So I wonder: did one of the characters you invented perhaps make a mistake ‘for’ you?

Please share your experiences in the comment box below. Perhaps, my question will inspire a new piece of writing? I would really like to know how you and your characters get on!

The Procrastinators post new creative writing prompts on our blog every Wednesday and Sunday. Thanks for stopping by!

Enjoy your writing.

Britta Benson

3 thoughts on “Midweek Writing Prompt: Have you ever learned something from a character you invented?

  1. This is so lovely, Britta. Haha! And I definitely think I’m the ‘terrible warning’ with all the mistakes I’ve made in life. I really don’t think many writers have ever thought about this aspect of writing. A lot of what we write emerges from our subconscious mind and we will never even realize it. And those characters may not really be who we think they are. Did we create them or were they already there hidden somewhere for the longest time. From this lifetime or some other? I better get off my crazy horse before I ride away into some Twilight Zone sunset. Let’s forget about thinking outside the box. We create the box that we want and fill it up as we wish. I’ll leave a few words for some other day. Thanks a lot and keep that writer mind well oiled with limitless imagination. You’ve got this! 🙂

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    1. I somehow missed this comment. Must get better reading glasses. You are definitely the good example and not a terrible warning, Terveen. Like yourself, I sometimes wonder, where all these characters come from – this lifetime or some other? Good question. Maybe just a very creative mind, that picks up bits and pieces from the people who surround us. We do indeed create the box that we want and fill it up as we wish. Let’s raise a toast to all our characters, the good, the bad and the ugly. Sometimes, the latter two are much more fun to write, though, aren’t they just?

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