Create a new character who is real or imagined, has a distinct manner of behaving or style of talking and is not an existing character.
As literary enthusiasts and critics, each member of the literary club is also a writer. During this week’s discussion, you will be working on development of a new character and plan to share with the group.
- Create a new character who
- is real or imagined.
- has a distinct manner of behaving or style of talking.
- is not an existing character in literature, movies, or television.
- Place the character in a contemporary setting facing a current-events issue.
- Narrate a 5-paragraph episode or vignette in either of the following:
- Raymond Carver's style
- Anne Tyler’s style
- Place this character in both
- a situation in which he or she plays a public role (the public persona shown to others).
- a situation showing the character's private persona (the real character when no one is watching).
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To complete this part of your assignment, I would make sure to keep the other prerequisites in mind so that your character will feed right into the rest of the assignment.
Since the character will be involved in a current-events issue, makes sure the character has some background that will help him or her in facing this issue. For instance, if you use Anne Tyler as the model for your writing, make sure there are diverse characters surrounding your major character; he or she needs to face conflict. Main character should be quirky and surrounded by others who are the same. Give your character room to change, and who allow that the protagonist will generally be a better person by the end of the story.
Using Anne Tyler's style, provide that your main character has plans for his life, but something comes up and everything is different. Make sure he/she is a little naive at the beginning. Provide him with a challenge that needs to be faced, primarily because of the other parameters the assignment has given you. Allow your character to grow. If you have a friend that won't mind, you might be able to model your character from him/her because you know that person well. In this final part, you character needs to have an unusual manner of speaking or behaving, perhaps he or she cannot speak in complete sentences, and rarely a full sentence ever comes out of his mouth. He might act in an unusual way, instead. Maybe he is paranoid, always looking behind himself, and taking home a new route every day. Pair this up with news of an exposed conspiracy in the news, and the character can feed off of that.
Perhaps the most difficult part of an assignment is that you are given so many choices. When we cannot make choices, we feel controlled and trapped, but when we are given limitless possibilities we sometimes are overwhelmed.
Make sure your character is in keeping with all the sections assigned, and you should do fine.
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