I had a lot of fun with the blog post I wrote where I got to set scenes. So this time I thought I would create characters, and try to sum up their essences in just a paragraph. Let’s see what you think.
The girl ran her fingers along the spines of the books, examining them by touch as well as sight. She studied them with shadowed, grey eyes. The Mystery Hunter. The Lost Forest. Sherlock Holmes. She paused here and there to dwell on paperbacks or stroke the spines of hardcovers. Movement startled her and she glanced up, peering between the shelves at a boy who browsed in a nearby aisle. Quickly, lest he see her, she retreated deeper into the library. She was tired of people right now, and only wanted to be alone.
Well, it is a start. It’s pretty tricky to sum up a person. Let’s try again.
Daniel did not like being the oldest of five with a single mother. It meant constant work. There were always things to be done: dishes, diapers, and childcare. He was tired of being expected to be responsible. He wanted to go out to parties, like his other friends, wanted to be able to go to the mall without having younger siblings tagging along. Life, he felt, was irritably unfair.
“Daniel,” his mother called yet again. He groaned and got up from the couch, where he had just had the optimism to turn on the tv. If he had to take much more of this, he was going to scream.
Okay, so interesting and difficult to sum up again. What do you think?
‘If you could go anywhere, where would you go?’ The black ink of the english assignment shone up at Marie. It was a good question for her to write an essay about. She put pen to paper, thinking about everything. About Ren, the boyfriend who she had recently broken up with. About Susie, the little sister who didn’t understand why her big sister had gotten so sad, or why her mother and father didn’t talk to each other anymore. She thought about her failing grades, about her long hours at work on the weekends, and about this subject, english, the only thing left to her. She stared down at the paper. ‘Away’.
Tricky yet again. I would love any feedback anyone has to offer me. Alright. Last one.
Determination surged through Tracy. She felt her nerves clench as a single stream of thought ran on repeat through her mind. She would do it. She would succeed. She would show everyone who had every doubted her, right now and before, that they were wrong. That she was worth something. She wasn’t about to let anything stand in her way. She had spent years working towards this point, years focusing every particle of her being on moving forwards, to pursuing her goal. She was not about to give up now. Not now, not ever.
Alright, that was fun. I hope you enjoyed my writing.