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Table of Contents Chapter 1: What Is Personality? Chapter 2: Understanding Your Characters Chapter 3: Using This Book Thirty Scenarios 1. Family Picnic Your character spends several hours at a family picnic attended by parents, grandparents, siblings, children, aunts and uncles, cousins, in-laws, and other members of her extended family. Does she enjoy the event or spend it hiding in the bathroom? 2. Jury Duty Your character is called to jury duty for a criminal case such a rape charge or, alternatively, in a civil case involving product liability. Does he embrace his civic responsibility or try to shirk it? 3. Poolside Encounter Your character is on vacation and, while sunning herself by the pool, has an encounter with a stranger who asks a too-intimate question. How does she respond? 4. Fender-Bender Your character is involved in a fender-bender accident that is his fault or, alternately, that isn't his fault. What is he most concerned about after the accident? 5. Elegant Party Your character is invited to a very elegant party. Is she excited? Nervous? 6. Stranger in Town Your character finds himself a stranger in a seemingly sinister town. Does he keep moving or try to investigate? 7. Flirting Your character finds herself in a hotel bar and an attractive stranger begins flirting. Does your character flirt back? 8. At the Airport Your character has two hours to kill between planes. How will he pass the time? 9. New Neighbors Your character meets his new neighbors, who, for some reason (because of their race, ethnicity, social class, regional background, political opinions, etc.), tend to stand out in this neighborhood. How does your character decide to treat them? 10. Blowing the Whistle Your character learns information about some significant criminal activity (political, corporate, military, medical, etc.). Will she decide to blow the whistle? 11. Poker Night Your character finds himself in his first high-stakes poker game. How will he play at the beginning? When he's winning? When he's losing? 12. On Stage Your character must give a speech before a large audience. What sort of public speaker is she? 13. Vivid Dream Your character has a particularly vivid dream. How does she react to the dream? 14. A Boring Day Your character is trapped in an especially boring day. How will he react? First of all, will he even notice? 15. Road Adventure Your character sets off on a road adventure. How sedate or wild an adventure will he have? 16. At the Sex Shop Your character passes a sex shop and decides to drop in. How does she react to the array of sex toys? Does she make a purchase? 17. Deathbed Secret At the deathbed of someone significant (like a parent or spouse), your character learns a life-altering secret. How will he react? 18. Stalked Your character is stalked. What hidden aspects of your character's personality will this bring to the surface? 19. A Very Busy Day Your character is having a very busy day, one which allows him hardly a moment to breathe. What is he like on such days? 20. A Moment of High Drama The situation is a life-or-death one. How will your character react? 21. Late at Night It is three in the morning and your character can't sleep. Why? Not being able to sleep, what does he do? 22. Sudden Leadership Your character is thrust into a leadership role. What sort of leader will he make? 23. Diagnosed With an Illness Your character learns that she may have a life-threatening illness but the test results won't be in for a week. How does she spend that week? 24. Caught in a Big Lie Your character is caught in a big lie. First, why did he lie? Second, how will he react to getting caught? 25. Death of a Parent Your character must deal with the death of a parent. How does she handle that crisis? 26. Meeting the President Your character is invited to meet with the president. How will he react to the trappings of the Oval Office and the encounter itself? 27. Lover's Spat Your character has a squabble with her lover. How does she fight and react to being verbally attacked? 28. Sudden Success Your character has a sudden success like receiving a huge promotion or winning the lottery. Will he be changed by the event? 29. Big Favor Your character's best friend asks her for an enormous favor. Will your character agree? 30. Meteor Coming Scientists predict the end of the world. How will your character react? Appendix: Recommended Reading Index
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Fiction -- Technique.
Characters and characteristics in literature.