Character Development Games
(for writers and artists).
Silly Scene – Choose a scene from this list (or make one up if you’d rather) and put your characters in it. The fun of this is to put your character in a situation that they wouldn’t, or simply don’t, encounter in their canon story. What if scenarios can give you creative inspiration, a new perspective on your character, and maybe even a good laugh.
Write the results in 500 words or less. Want to make it more fun? Use 2 characters! Either randomly choose 2 of your own, or, play with a friend by having them choose one of their own characters (they’ll have to tell you a bit about their character if it’s not one you are already familiar with). Your character is A and their character is B. Have your friend do the same (so that their character is A and yours is B). This way, you can see how the scene is different when rolls are reversed. OR you can both write the same scene with the same characters filling spot A and B. It’ll be fun to compare notes either way. You can compare writing styles and your perception of each others characters.
Single Character Scene Suggestions:
-Character wakes up naked in the jungle (why are they there, how did it happen, what will they do?)
-Character encounters his/her grandfather’s ghost (how does your character react to a visit from the dead – do they question their relgion? Are they afraid?)
-Character is handed a child someone claimes is theirs (Is it? What will they do with the child?)
-Character encounters a horde of spiders in someone’s livingroom (do they run, fight, freak out, laugh?)
-Character doesn’t have money and the last train out of town is about to leave (do they sneak on? steal a ticket?)
-Character is approached by a cute child selling candy
-Character is abandoned on an asteroid by someone they trusted
2 character scenes:
-Character A walks into McDonalds and sees character B behind the counter. What happens?
-Character A wants to ask Character B to go see a movie
-Character A forced character B to help steal a space ship
-Character A is trying to teach Character B to ride a horse
-Character A has stolen something from Character B Character B wants it back
-Character A meets character B in a dark alley
Character Design Clubs
Below is a list of online character design clubs for writers and artists. I’m going to focus on those with weekly challenges to keep you creative!
Design A Character (Art) – This is for artists and features weekly challenges which are sometimes centered around a theme and other times centered around a certain style of art. This is a great club to join when struggling with artists’ block