Dialogue isn’t exclusive: characters may say the same things, but mean something entirely different in the context of the scene. Pick one of the below famous lines from literature and film. Then start a scene by having a character say it. Develop the scene that follows in 500-600 words and see where it takes your characters.
“Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.
“I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.”
“Made it, Ma! Top of the world!”
“You’re gonna need a bigger boat.”
“Oh, don’t let’s ask for the moon. We have the stars.”
Further chip away at your character and establish how they present themselves to others by imagining how they would briefly describe themselves in the following situations: In a job interview
On a first date
Catching up with an …
There’s a saying: “Everyone is the hero of his or her own story.” For a 10-minute writing exercise, enter your book from another character’s eyes. Think about how differently that character would experience your plot …
How people perceive your character may be markedly different from who your character really is. Think about what the average stranger might think — or hear — of your character. What’s the gossip around town …