Get to Know Your Characters Challenge: Right-Hand Man
Happy Tuesday, readers! And ’tis indeed a happy Tuesday, for today is a day of announcement for a new Get to Know Your Characters (in blue this time! Isn’t that splendid?).
What is it?
GTKYC is a trimonthly challenge to discover more about your various characters while stretching your proverbial writing muscles. It’s a challenge open to anyone who wants to jump on board, be they young or old, or somewhere in between.
How does it work?
Anyone who wishes to participate in the challenge picks a character from one of their stories. Each GTKYC Challenge has a specific character type — in this case, The villain’s right-hand man. (If your villain is more of a loner type, feel free to do the villain himself, or if your villain has no right-hand man, you can do a former best friend, current best friend, random minion #87, or basically whatever you want).
The participants have sixteen days to create work in any medium they like (poetry, prose, even film if you’re feeling brave) about their character, choosing a scenario from The List Provided Below to write about. Post your work on your blog, and leave a link in the comments or email it to me (craftingstoriesinred(at)gmail(dot)com) and I will post all links to participating blogs in a follow-up post. That post will go live at the end of the challenge, on February 19th, and will also contain my responses to the challenge. Because I’m posting them on my blog, I request that all stories be clean. I do have some young readers.
If you do not have a blog, you can post your response in the comments of this blog post and I’ll link back to your comment and let people know it’s here so they can check it out.
Post your response at any point from now to Thursday, February 19th. If you can, please get the link to me by the 18th.
Why should you do it?
Well, because knowing your characters is important! You can also get a chance to share about your awesome characters, exercise writing muscles, get feedback from other writers, and have a chance to publicize your blog right here!
The List Provided Below
Feel free to do more than one, or mix and match scenarios!
- Your villains right-hand man is between three and ten. Write something that shows what their life was like at that point.
- Write about the time when your villain and his (0r her) right-hand man (or woman) met.
- Write about a time when your villain and right-hand man were interacting normally. Let us know how they talk to each other, what sort of friendship (or enmity) they have.
- Write about a year before the start of your story.
- Your character has lost something important—what is it, where is it, and why do they need it?
I look forward to meeting your villain’s second-in-commands over the next sixteen days. If you have any questions, feel free to comment!