February 4th, 2012

For some it’s our conception, others our birth, that begins our personal narration.  Literary characters are no different–Athena, Moses, Jesus, Despereaux, just to name a few.  These are characters whose birth, or conception, laid the groundwork for the story to come, whether it was a story of meeting that potential or rising above it.

So for today, consider your character’s beginning, not your story’s.  Does it define them?  Do they use it to redefine themselves?  Is it a thing of myth?  Or just the everyday?

Sorry about the delayed post…


2 Responses to “1/20 Prompt — Birth Story”

  1. I loved this prompt. It inspired me to write directly about birth order and how it affects my character’s psyche in my current middle grade piece.

  2. bjmayfield says:

    I’ve written detailed character descriptions for Mrs. Iptweet, Cherie, the mom; even naming their toothpaste brands. Thanks for this, Hope, as I’ve yet to connect with their birth story. Am on it now!