Tuesday, August 9, 2011

WoW week 9 - Think with Character

Write On Wednesdays

Joining in Write on Wednesdays, again, at InkPaperPen.

Write On Wednesdays Exercise 9 - Think with Character. Choose a character from your writing posts. You can still do this exercise if you are new to WoW - select a character from another piece of your writing or simply work through the exercise from scratch.   Now, think about the character in regards to their: gender, age, occupation, physical appearance and mood at this moment. Is your character in the city, the country, inside or outside? Do they live in rich or poor surroundings? Alone or with others? Answer all, some or one of these questions. Now, set your timer for 5 minutes and write the first words about your character that come into your head. Stop when the buzzer rings. This may be one week where you feel you need to throw the timer and take your time. Do whatever works for you. You may also like to consider: Complexion, Style of dress, Hair colour/style, Speaking voice and likely vocabulary, Strengths/Weaknesses, Mannerisms

OR for a different approach

* Look at how your character fits into quotes like the one at the top of my page. For example, what does YOUR character do when nobody's looking? You can find more quotes about "Character" here

That's it from me. Write your post and link it up below, then pop around to comment on the other writing pieces. Most of all, enjoy and have fun with it!

The characterisation I wrote for this week's exercise is based on a character for the novel I'm just starting to get down on paper - it's a prequel to a YA novel I finished writing last year (but which I'm planning a professional reading of before pitching it to more publishers *the never ending treadmill*). Even though I have a fairly clear picture of Svava in my head, I have to admit I found myself waffling a bit here, so my apologies if it seems a bit weak... And, yes, I went over five minutes...


The day she met Jack, she had been sitting on a large rock, letting the winter sun warm her back through her robes. The summer heat was too strong for her and she didn't mind the cool of the sub-terrarian colony at that time of year, but since she was first permitted to travel above she'd craved the sun's light in the cooler months.

She had been confident he couldn't see her in her transformed state, it was very rare for humans to see the hidden folk without the hidden willing it. Jack - as he later introduced himself - came trudging up the rise with his easel and canvas and paints. He set up quite near Svava, side-on to her.

He was fascinating to observe, but then again Svava found all humans fascinating. They were so like the hidden folk, she could easily pass for one herself. She had played with the idea of entering the nearby town - but the laws forebade it, and her parents were pillars of their community. Setting a good example was extremely important to them.

Svava played with her long plait, watching it glisten in the sun - hints of copper among the golden blonde strands.

She'd glanced at Jack who was looking directly at her. She froze. He turned back to his canvas and flicked his brush over it's surface, then glanced in her direction again. The focus of his gaze sent electric twinges through her stomach. Svava pulled her feet up onto the rock and shifted her balance to her hands to get up and leave.

'No, stay.' Jack had murmured quietly, shifting his gaze back to his canvas...


  1. OM! Sif, you're the next master of suspense. I am gasping! What's next?

  2. That sounds great :) Can't wait to read more.

  3. All I can say is WOW! I am like on the edge of my seat.

  4. Gorgeous and fascinating! I could feel my heart hammering at the end, what suspense!

  5. Very atmospheric. And I like that a member of hidden folk has been so coolly spotted by a human!

  6. Despite Blogger being a pain and shutting down for an hour this morning, I have enjoyed a couple of great hours of reading and commenting while going through everyone's pieces! So many interesting and empathetic characters! I really hope I get to read more about all of them.

    Thank you everyone for your kind comments. I've been thinking I might try to write more about Svava and her story in these exercises as she has lived, unnamed, in my mind for almost a year now and this exercise forced me to name her, finally, which is a great step forward for me because it makes her real and make me more committed to telling her story!

    I'm enjoying WoW so much!

  7. I'm intrigued to read more, Sif! Is Jack really human...?!

    More please.

  8. Thanks Jodie, yes, yes, he is!

  9. Cool! How great would it be to be hidden from others, even just for a day. And I love her name! Looking forward to finding out more!

  10. Oh fantastic work, Sif. I am glad you are enjoying WoW and that you have found a character/story to work with. I can see how this fits into the YA genre. A lovely mood in this piece and I could feel the elctrifying moment when Jack murmurs "stay"...Fascinating

    I love the name you have chosen - Svava. How did you choose this name? I will look forward to reading more

    Apologies for being so late to this exercise - Life has called this past week!


  11. Gill, no need to apologise!

    Svava is an Icelandic name - my previous manuscript (of which this is then the prequel, LOL) is about Icelandic elves who have taken up residence under a fictional town in South Australia. So, this story will be the back story to the last story - you know the way whole other stories begin to exist in the background of the story you're currently writing, and then they start hammering on the inside of you skull to be let out and heard as well...

    LOL, Svava is actually one of my cousin's middle names - she was named after her grandmother - and I didn't know the meaning of the name until you prompted me to look it up! It means "free, independent", and that suits this character to a tee! So, thanks for that!!!