On my website, I have a page of writing exercises. I originally designed them for use in character development, but they have also proven useful for writer’s block.
Today I’d like to highlight a couple of my favorites. Any of them can be useful, but these two reliably provide an interesting writing experience, and good insights when it’s all done.
- Your protagonist and antagonist are each required to write a letter of introduction to your reader, describing themselves, their goals and motivations, and you.
(This exercise gives you valuable insight into the way your characters think about and describe themselves)
- Your protagonist and antagonist each write a letter to a friend or family member (or you!) about the other.
(This exercise helps you gain insight into how your characters view their opposition)