Sunday, May 18, 2014

Write with Animal Instincts

"Like the owl, I want to be paid in mice and falling stars, take my midnights in the middle of the day." 
- Lance Larsen from the poem, "Chancellor of Shadows"

Consider the above description and how to develop a character based on animal instincts. Make a list of animal traits for your persona.

Take a look at some of the stories in this site for Aesop's Fables:

Other possibilities to try on for development:

If you had donkey skills, how would you show stubborn? Or, are you a beast of burden?

With fox instincts, what does sneaky sound like?

Lion strengths include ferocity. Are you also a kitten at times?

A Black Phoebe is a workaholic, flying dawn to dusk capturing one insect after another. Does that apply to you?

Rabbits and Roadrunners are speedy. Are they as calculating as a tortoise?

Does a hummingbird's attention span define focus?

Elephants never forget. What do they do with their memories? 

How would you combine several animal characteristics into one character?

Develop three lines to begin your character sketch. Find ways to mix and match.

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