Hello lovely writers! I hope you are all having a fantastic day today. As you read this I am either at the podiatrist getting a toenail removed or have just gotten home from said removal procedure and am teaching myself how to walk with a numbed foot and possibly exist as a human being with feelings of pain when I start my first day of work on Friday. Yes, I finally have a job 🙂
As I said, I finally have a job. It seems like it will be a fun job because it is work in a store that I really like but this job, like most jobs I’ve worked before, does not allow visible tattoos. And so I have to cover them up, which I am very happy doing, but the cover up situation and various employers’ policies on tattoos got me thinking about writing and characters.
There are some situations in real life, aka, what you experience, that may prevent you from being your true self. For me, I’m not allowed to show off my tattoos 100% of the time. For someone else it might be sexual orientation. Whatever the block is, if it’s work, family, society, it’s a good idea to think about your character and if they too have similar situations where they cannot be their true selves 100% of the time.
So I have a few questions for you:
- What is keeping your character(s) from being themselves?
- How does your character overcome or navigate this element?
Feel free to share your thoughts on your character development and answer these questions in the comments.
If you’re already a poetry enthusiast or a fiction writer looking to learn more about the wonderful world of poetry, check out Kathy’s latest article, How Exploring Poetry Can Improve Prose.
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