Thursday, April 9, 2020

#AtoZChallenge - Humanity



H is for Humanity

The thing that makes any story compelling is the humanity of its characters.  For this week's prompt we're going to choose some character traits from the lists of common types and try to create a unique, memorable and very human character around which to base your story.  Try to pick one word from each of the lists to cover the different facets of humanity that make up a person.

List 1 - Basic personality type

Open
Secretive
Conscientious
Lazy
Extravert
Introvert
Agreeable
Combative
Neurotic
Calm

List 2 - Emotional type

Thoughtful
Argumentative
Dependable
Moody
Expressive
Competitive
Flexible
Agressive
Repressed
Volatile

List 3 - Behavioral quirk

Total slob
Overachiever
Alcoholic
Unpredictable
No sense of direction
Laughs at everything
Speaks multiple languages
Runs fast
Has illegible handwriting
Plans their wardrobe days in advance

These are just a few personality traits to play with.  There are many more and they can be used in any number of combinations.  And remember, people are often contradictory, so give your characters more humanity, try combining traits that don't necessarily seem to go together.  For example, someone who is brave, yet vulnerable or shy, yet extraverted.  

So give it a shot!  We'd love to see the characters you invent, so feel free to share your stories in the comments or email them to operationawesome6@gmail.com.



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