What Would Your Character Do?

I just participated in this really fun thread on a NaNoWriMo forum, and I thought I’d share it here on my blog/Twitter.

These were some “what would your character do” scenarios posted in the thread.

What would your character do if put in one of these situations?

A. Somebody throughs your character a knife, and yells “KILL HIM” and points to someone the character has been suspicious of for a while?

B. Someone punches them in the side, and runs away?

C. Let’s say your character had to choose between saving their next of kin, or their best friend. Who would they choose?


I definitely encourage you guys to participate or to create your own versions in the comments (or link a scenario you created on your blog/Twitter).

Here was my response:

A. He examined the knife in his hand, then looked back at her. “Y-you expect me to use this thing after you nearly chopped my head off tossing it to me?” he said, rolling his eyes. “Just because the public thinks I’m a murderer, doesn’t mean I am.”

B. He curled up into a ball on the floor, and sobbed quietly as the children watched, their jaws dropped.
“Are you okay?” his niece asked, kneeling beside him.
“Do I look okay!?”
The children shook their heads.

C. He looked at the children, then to his best friend.
“Are you serious?” his friend snapped as he raced toward the children.
“You’ve already wasted twenty-four years of your life!” he cried back. “You should’ve listened to your parents and got a real job!”
His friend threw his hands above his head. “We work together!”
“Exactly!” he hollered, scooping up his youngest nephew. “Anyway, good luck getting out of here before they slaughter you.”
“We’re leaving him?” his nephew asked, looking back.
“He’ll be fine,” he lied.
“Wait my teddy bear!” his nephew choked.
“Don’t make me regret my decision!”

Omg. This was so much fun! I’m laughing a little too much right now. Best editing break ever.

2 thoughts on “What Would Your Character Do?

  1. I love these exercises as they help me turn my characters into real people instead of cardboard cutouts. Right now I already have too many bland characters in my story, and maybe I should return to the drawing board with this practice. Thanks for sharing yours!

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    1. I love doing these types of exercises. I actually started doing them with my side characters as well, whenever they felt underdeveloped or flat. It helped me get a better grasp at writing their voice. 🙂


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